Fit Foodie Festival and 5K 2018 – Race Recap

Some of you might not know this, but I have been running for the past 6 years. Having my sons put a bit of a gap in my running, but I finally laced up my running shoes for a race last weekend.

Over the past 6 years, many of my personal goals have been centered around running. My most recent goals actually included my twins (sort of). Before the boys were born, I had the goal of completing a half marathon while pregnant, and this year, I had the goal of completing a race with my sons in their jogging stroller.

I am proud to say that I achieved that goal!

Last Saturday, hubby, the boys, our BOB Duallie Stroller and I headed down to Liberty Station in Point Loma for the Fit Foodie Festival and 5K.

Arrival and Pre-Race

We arrived at Liberty Station around 7:15 AM, and there was plenty of parking! We loaded up the stroller, and then headed down to the festival area. I still had to pick up my packet since I skipped packet pick up on Friday night, as I did not want to drive down during rush hour traffic with the boys in tow.

The lines were a little lengthy but moved quickly. After I got my bib and got situated, hubby headed back to the car to try to take a nap, and I wandered around the festival. Many of the booths were already set up and handing out samples. I was lucky because I could stash so much stuff in my stroller. We had food samples, drinks and snacks for the boys and hooded sweatshirts in there!

Another difference between this race and other races that I have run is that since it was a 5K, I didn’t really feel the need to go to the bathroom before the start. It would have been hard for me to do anyway, since I’m not sure how I would keep an eye on the boys while I was in the port-a-potties!

We took part in the pre-race warm up and then headed to the starting area. Participants with strollers were told to line up in the back, which I did. The start was a wave start, so we wound up being in the 8th wave.

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Getting ready to start!

Fit Foodie 5K

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Almost at the front of the start

Running with a stroller proves to be quite difficult when you are doing a road race. The beginning mile of the course had lots of narrow spots so it was basically impossible for me to run. This section was by far the worst in terms of bottlenecks. It was so narrow and it irritates me so much when walkers insist on starting in early waves and block the entire path. Anyway, I was super frustrated that I couldn’t run or pass people.

A fun element of the Fit Foodie 5K is that the race features snack bites at each mile, but since I was running with the stroller and did not want to stop a bunch of times on the course, I skipped the first and last bite and all of the water stations.

The first bite was a donut, the second was a brownie, which was yummy, and I did not see what the third bite was.

I did not get to take in much of the course as I was more concerned with no running over walkers and trying to make my time goal. There were some pretty spots along Point Loma and we passed this neat ship. Excuse my ignorance, but I’m not sure what ship it is.

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Navy Ship? Not sure!

One of the best things about the course in my book was that it was super flat. There was just one spot where we ran over a bridge and back over again that had an incline. My biggest con for this course was the narrow spots and difficulty in passing people.

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Finish Line Photo by RaceWire

My official chip time was 37:51

I started my running app early and stopped it late, so my time on the app was 38:21. I was more interested in my split times though. As you can see, we definitely suffered from the blockage of walkers and narrow course because each mile got faster as we went. I also met my time goal of 12:30 per mile! Woohoo!

Mile 1 – 13:06
Mile 2 – 12:20
Mile 3 – 12:17 *fastest mile*

As we approached the finish line, I saw hubby on the sidelines and he met us when we crossed. I loved it! My fellow runners get how romantic this gesture feels! I was handed my avocado medal and then another volunteer handed me two more for the twins. So glad that they got medals too! They were amazing troopers through the whole race.

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We did it!

Festival

After we finished the race, we headed to the festival. There were cooking demos and lots and lots of food and a beer garden. We visited some of the booths that I had not already visited before the race.

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Cypress Grove Cheese

By this time, many of the lines were super long and we wanted to take the boys to the park before brunch, so we only went to booths with no or short lines and we also did not see any of the demos or visit the beer garden.

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Salad sample

If I do this race again, I will allow for more time to spend at the festival.

Post-Race Brunch

We had brunch planned for 10AM with my brother’s family, so we had to bow out pretty quickly. We headed to the park and then to Swami’s Cafe in Point Loma.

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Swami’s Cafe in Point Loma

I ordered the chilaquiles, and they hit the spot! After brunch, it was time for naps all around!

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Chilaquiles at Swami’s Cafe

Swag and Medal

I had lots of food samples to try and share! In addition to the booths, finishers also got a tote bag full of samples and coupons as you cross the finish line! Yum!

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Lots of food samples

Overall, this was a great, fun race to do to meet my goal of running a stroller-friendly race with my twins! I might even consider doing it again next year if this race returns to San Diego!

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Avocado medal

 

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Five Ways to Save Money on Balboa Park Admission

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Entrance to the San Diego Museum of Art

One of our favorite places to go to in San Diego is Balboa Park. It also happens to be ranked the #3 Thing to Do in San Diego on TripAdvisor.com

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park with open spaces, gardens, walking/hiking paths, theatres, the San Diego Zoo and museums. The park was established in 1835 and is one of the oldest recreational parks in the United States. It hosted international expositions in the early 1900s, which left many architectural landmarks. Today, many of those buildings house Balboa Park’s museums.

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Museum of Man

Balboa Park is currently home to 16 museums. They are:

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • Fleet Science Center
  • Marston House
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Mineral and Gem Society
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

Now that we are a single-income household, we are always looking for inexpensive, fun and creative things to do as a family and being new to San Diego, I have had to learn as we go. For that reason,  I wanted to share the five best tips and tricks I have discovered for saving money on admission to the museum’s of Balboa Park.

#1 Get a Balboa Park Explorer Pass

Purchasing the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is a great way to save money on admission to the museums in Balboa Park. This pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase and includes admission to 16 museums. It costs $129 for one adult and $229 for the Family Pass (two adults and four kids).

For more information and to purchase, check out the Balboa Park Explorer Pass site.

#2 Visit on a Tuesday

Balboa Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout the  month to residents of the City and County of San Diego and to active military personnel and their dependents. Proof of address may be required.

The current schedule is as follows:

First Tuesday

  • Fleet Science Center
  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum

Second Tuesday

  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego History Center
  • Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

Third Tuesday

  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Japanese Friendship Garden

Fourth Tuesday

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • SELECT House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
  • San Diego Art Institute

If there is a fifth Tuesday in a month, regular admission prices will be in effect.

For more information, check the Residents Free Tuesday site.

#3 Check Out a San Diego Public Library Museum Pass

San Diego Public Library card holders can check out 14-day passes to either the Museum of Man or the San Diego Museum of Art. The passes are valid for up to two adults and four children. Additional fee may be required for special exhibitions. To check it out, sign on to your San Diego Public Library account, place a hold on the museum pass, and then wait. Currently, there are over 500 on the hold list for the Museum of Art pass, but if you are not in a rush to visit, this is definitely worth trying!

We were able to use the Museum of Man pass to visit with the twins over the summer, and it was a lot of fun!

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Monsters! Exhibit at the Museum of Man
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Monsters! Exhibit at the Museum of Man

#4 Kids are Free in October

Kids can get free admission to over 40 San Diego County museums, including many museums in Balboa Park, thanks to the San Diego Museum Council.

Check out the San Diego Museum Council website to download a coupon and see the list of participating museums.

#5 Get Half off Admission for Macy’s Museum Month in February

During the entire month of February, local San Diegans and visitors alike are able to take advantage of half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego museums. This program takes place annually through Macy’s and the San Diego Museum Council.

To take advantage of this promotion, just stop by any local San Diego Macy’s store to pick up your Museum Month pass.

Check the San Diego Museum Council website in late-January to view a list of participating museums and to find out where to pick up your museum pass.

Bonus: This Museum is Always free

The Timken Museum of Art is always free!

Bonus #2: Free Admission for Youth

The different museums have vary widely on the cut-off for free admission for youth under a certain age. For example, the San Diego Museum of Art offers free admission for youth 17 years and under. The Museum of Man is free for children under 5 years old, while the kids two and under are free at the Air and Space Museum. Make sure to check these age limits and visit before they hit the upper limits to save even more!

Visiting Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido

Last week, the boys and I went on another one of our weekly adventures. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle had been on our radar for a while now. In March, we saw an exhibit on Niki de Saint Phalle‘s work at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.  That was when I first learned about Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and decided that I had to take the boys to see it when they were older.

Model of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle from the Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California exhibit

Incidentally, I had previously been exposed to another one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s works when I last went to Paris in 2011 and stopped by the Stravinsky Fountain.

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Stravinsky Fountain in Paris, France

About Queen Califia’s Magical Circle

Opened to the public in 2003, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a sculpture garden located in Kit Carson Park in Escondido, California. It was one of the last works of Niki de Saint Phalle, a Franco-American sculptor and artist, whose later years were spent living in La Jolla.

The garden is named after Califia, a mythical warrior queen from the Island of California and inspired by California’s history and culture.

The Magical Circle includes a circular outer wall and maze entry, ten large sculptures and is surrounded by plants and trees.

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Entering into Queen Califia’s Magical Circle
Once your enter the Magical Circle, you make your way through a wall maze until your reach a courtyard, which features 10 large sculptures.
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The central piece is a sculpture of Queen Califia standing on top of an eagle and holding a bird above her head.

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Visitors are able to walk underneath the sculpture to view a golden egg.

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The remaining sculptures were designed as totems that were influenced by Native American and Mexican traditions.

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How to Get There

As this was my first time visiting Kit Carson Park, I had a difficult time locating Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and had to ask someone for directions. I entered Kit Carson Park from Bear Valley Parkway and turning left onto Entrance Drive. Follow the road and if you see the snake sculpture, you are getting close.

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Drive past the snake sculpture on your left and then turn left after the Maintenance Building. Once you reach the next parking lot, park and then walk straight into the park. You will see a sign for Queen Califia and then it is just a short walk to the Magical Circle. The path changes from paved to dirt, so if you are pushing a stroller, keep this in mind. I used my BOB stroller with all-terrain wheels and had no problems. I am glad I brought it with me instead of our Maclaren umbrella stroller, which would have made it difficult to make it along the dirt path.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is completely surrounded by a security gate and there is one entrance into the garden that will give you access.

I was allowed to push my stroller through the maze and parked in by the wall inside the courtyard. This was a life saver for me since I have twins and it would be near impossible for me to walk through the garden without the aid of a stroller.

How to Prepare

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle has very limited hours of operation and they can change at any time. Currently the hours of operation are as follows:

Tuesday, 9 am to noon
Thursday, 9 am to noon
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 9 am to 2 pm

The garden is closed for rain or when there is puddling from rain within the last 24-48 hours.

Docents are available during all open hours to answer questions.

Be sure to wear sun protection when you visit as the only shade that is available is underneath the central sculpture by the golden egg. All other areas of the courtyard are exposed to the sun.

We arrived around 10 am and there was only one other group of people there. I recommend arriving early if you want to get photos without a lot of strangers in them or want to enjoy the garden alone.

Kid-Friendly

The garden was a hit with the boys. They especially loved running around the open courtyard and exploring underneath the Queen Califia sculpture. We will definitely be back later this fall!

Hike It Baby – La Jolla Murals Urban Stroll

What is one of the best things about living in San Diego? Enjoying the outdoors year round, of course! While a lot of the country is suffering through 100 degree days, we are highs in the 70s/80s! Last week, I went to my first Hike It Baby San Diego meetup for an urban stroll to view some of La Jolla’s murals.

Mural 1

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Roy McMakin – Favorite Color (2010)

In total, we saw about 10 murals and walked 2.5 miles. Since this was my first meetup, I did not know anyone, and that is often the case when I go to things, as a new San Diegan. My desire to do new exciting things overpowers my introvert temperament. I often just show up by myself or with me and the boys and just hope for the best.

This day, it was me, the boys and my BOB stroller, which I love by the way. I got in a great workout, saw new things and met new people.

I was not really paying attention to the route we took, but I am posting the photos of the murals in the order in which we visited them, in case you want to retrace our route.

Mural 2

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Mark Bradford – Sexy Cash (2015)

According to the Murals of La Jolla website, “Murals of La Jolla was conceived in 2010 as a means to enhance the civic character of the community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla. It is a project of the Athenaeum initiated by the La Jolla Community Foundation.”

Mural 3

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Byron Kim & Victoria Fu – Suns (2016)

In addition to people, we met some furry friends too. This guy or girl is so adorable and was so sweet!

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Mural 4

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Marcos Ramirez Erre – Is All That It Proves (2015)

Mural 5

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Heather Gwen Martin – Landing (2016)

Mural 6

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Kelsey Brookes – One Pointed Attention (2014)

Public art can be seen on other objects throughout La Jolla besides the sides of buildings. For instance, this garbage can with a puppy on it.

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This next set of murals is not listed on the Murals of La Jolla website, so it appears to not be a part of the project.

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Mural 7

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Kota Ezawa – Once Upon a Time in the West (2017)

Mural 8

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Raul Guerrero – Raymond Chandler at the Whaling Bar (2018)

Mural 9

This was the only mural that I had seen on a previous occasion. Hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at George’s Level 2 and had a perfect view of the John Baldessari mural. To see it this time, we had to trek down to La Jolla Cove, which was fine by me because….

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John Baldessari – Brain/Cloud (with Seascape and Palm Tree) (2011)

We got to see the beautiful beach and

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its resident sea lions!

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It was my first time seeing the famous La Jolla Cove as well so I would say this excursion was so worthwhile for all of us!

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I am hoping to come back to La Jolla again soon to view some more of the murals that are listed on the Murals of La Jolla website.

Visiting the San Diego County Fair with Twins

This week, the boys and I visited the San Diego County Fair for the first time. This annual event is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and is the largest county fair in the nation!

The fair has a different theme each year, and this year’s theme was “How Sweet It Is!” Such a fun, happy and colorful theme, which gave us plenty of opportunities for photos.

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I honestly think this has been our most ambitious outing to date, and I was quite nervous about how our day would turn out! Along with our double stroller, I made sure to pack hats, shoes, lunches (for them), sunscreen and water for the whole family. The boys wound up spending the majority of the time in the stroller, just taking things in. They did not really complain at all throughout the time we were at the fair.

We arrived just after the gates opened at 11 AM, and by the time we parked, walked over, got through the gate and lathered up with sunscreen, the first Pig Race of the day was about to go down!

Pig Races

I managed to get the boys out of the stroller and find us seats in the bleachers on my own. A twin momma’s gotta do what a twin momma’s gotta do! The race was hilarious because only one pig ran to the finish line!

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Livestock Viewing

My boys absolutely love animals and so do I, so we made a stop to some of the livestock viewing areas and saw goats, sheep, cows, chicken, turkeys, bunnies and more!

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Theme Exhibit

Because of the “How Sweet It is” theme, this year’s fair featured a candy-themed exhibition with the history of candy-making, a candy-themed performance, shopping opportunities and photo opps! It was so cute!

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I’m actually not a huge candy person (chocolate for me!) but I thought the whole set-up was ridiculously fun!

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Fair Food

After walking around for about an hour, it was time to settle in and find some food. I have visited the Texas State Fair a number of times, and the fair food is a big deal at that event every year. I was slightly disappointed with the lack of information on the fair food at the San Diego County Fair. I had no idea where to go, what was new this year or what was available except for what I could see from walking around.

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I really wanted a corn dog, so I stopped at the first stand that I saw that had them. Big mistake. I wound up with a corn dog the size of my forearm that cost $12. I was only able to finish about 1/3 of it and it wasn’t even tasty! Ugh!

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I was pretty annoyed by my fair food fail for the rest of the day because I did not have room to sample anything else. Boohoo!

Besides this unicorn leg, I did not see anything else that seemed “special,” in that all of the food was standard fair food. I did hear that there was a ramen burrito somewhere but I did not see it. I was hoping to see more interesting and strange food. Maybe I just missed it. Oh well.

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CA Grown Exhibit

The California Grown exhibit focuses on the important place agriculture has in California and San Diego. We found the exhibit to be informative and interesting for both the kids and I.

There were more animals to see, including chickens, cows and llamas.

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The boys got to play in a corn sandbox too! Only problem was that they kept trying to put the corn in their mouths!

Flower and Garden Show

The Flower and Garden Show was the last place we visited. They boys loved the model train set, which was also candy-themed.

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They also did not seem to mind that I wanted to check out the ribbon-winning flowers and displays.

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In total, we spent about three hours at the fair and did not come close to seeing everything, but that was okay. Rides and games are not the top priority for me when going to the fair, and since the boys are so young, those are things that we can save for when they get bigger.

As we were leaving, I had a difficult time finding our car, so we wound up wandering the parking lot for about 10 minutes before we were able to leave. Despite the couple of hiccups that we experienced, I had a really good time at the fair! Hopefully, we can make it back again next year.

Tips:

  • Prioritize what you want to see and do. The fair website has of good information on how to plan your visit.
  • There is a lot to see, so don’t expect to see everything in one visit, if you are like us and only plan to spend a few hours versus the entire day and night at the fair.
  • Remember what gate you entered through and where you parked. The parking lots don’t have section markers, so I suggest counting the number of rows back you are in and finding a landmark to remember where you parked.
  • Bring lots of sun protection! Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Also, unopened water bottles are permitted, and empty reusable bottles and sippy cups are permitted. I bought bottled water before we got to the fair and filled my bottle and sippy cups once we got through the security gate.
  • Bring wipes and hand sanitizer. You will come into contact with lots of germs, especially if you visit the livestock viewing areas. While there are hand washing stations around the fairgrounds, having wipes and hand sanitizer on me made me feel better, especially since the boys are still putting their hands in their mouths a lot!

Things to Do with Twins in San Diego: The New Children’s Museum

Now that my little bundles are walking bundles, it is time for us to expand our activities. We recently headed downtown to visit The New Children’s Museum for the first time. My parents were in town for a couple of days, so having them here made our trip to the museum much easier than if I had been alone with the boys.

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I have never really been to a children’s museum as far as I recall, so I did not have much of an idea of what to expect.

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Wobbleland

I took a look at the map and decided to head up stairs first as it seemed to have the most toddler friendly activities and I was right! The boys loved Wobbleland, and I found it to be incredibly adorable! The whole area was food themed.

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The boys sailed along in a watermelon sailboat, climbed through a slice of Swiss cheese, collected peas (balls) that go into a pea pod and stacked tomato slices.

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Sitting in an orange half

To be honest, though, what they were most interested in was playing with the balls and walking around freely and exploring!

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Adorable toddler plate

While I tried to get lots of photos of us, they were not having it! These two little toddlers are so busy and refused to have their play interrupted.

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Tot Studio

Across the way from Wobbleland is Tot Studio. Here, little ones can participate in daily (except Friday) sensory painting from 10:30 to 11:30. We missed this activity, but we still headed over for the boys to go down the slide and play with some different toys.

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The Rain House

This little structure was super cute but did not have much for our boys to do.

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Beansprouts Cafe

Since it was our first time visiting, we decided to have lunch at the on-site Beansprouts Cafe. Apparently, you are allowed to also pack your own lunches, but I was not aware of this.

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The menu features simple sandwiches, salads and pizza. I had The Great Turkado (turkey and avocado sandwich) with creamy tomato soup, and I was delighted by how good my lunch was! I was pleasantly surprised.

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Paint Studio

The outside area has a paint studio, where you can paint a 1950s pickup truck, and a clay studio for art making, but again, these activities were not suitable for my kids’ age.

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No Rules…Except

“No Rules…Except” has a variety of mattresses and tire-shaped pillows for climbing, jumping and playing on. So cute! Another good thing is that there are two separate sections of the exhibit, one for kids under 4 and another for bigger kids.

Older brother was not enjoying being here, so we let little brother play for a while before leaving this area. I didn’t want older brother to get too upset.

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Blocks

Right next to Wobbleland are two areas of blocks. This was our final stop of the day before heading home for naptime.

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The museum was also feeling more crowded with bigger kids, so that was our cue to leave.

Overall, it was a fun day, and the twins absolutely had a blast! I am not so sure how often we will be coming back, however. I feel the cost of entrance is a little bit too steep to justify. Admission is $14 per person over 1 year old and $10 for seniors. For our group, that equaled $62 for admission alone. We also paid for parking and lunch, so it was not an inexpensive excursion. This, plus the fact that they are still too little for many of the exhibits, makes me hesitate to plan a return trip to The New Children’s Museum in the near future. It’s just a little too pricey and not enough value at this moment. I’m sure we will be back when they get older though!

Parting Tip: Make sure you wear easy on and off shoes and non-holey socks because most of the play areas are shoe-free zones.

Visiting the Crayola Experience with Toddlers

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While visiting family in Pennsylvania recently, we decided to spend a rainy day at the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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The complex is huge with so much to do for little ones and younger elementary-aged children. I would say older elementary-aged children would not find it as amusing. Although we did not have time to explore the entire attraction and we skipped things that were not age-appropriate for my 15 month old twins, there was still plenty to do for the toddler-aged child.

Wrap It Up

Upon paying your admission fee, each guest is given a shopping bag and two tokens. One of the tokens can be used at Wrap It Up. Here, you can choose a Crayola crayon color and create a personalized label for it. Once your label is printed, you machine wrap it to create the perfect take home souvenir.

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Toddler Town

We spent the majority of our time in Toddler Town. There were multiple activity cubes to play with.

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But the reason why we stayed here so long and actually wound up coming back to Toddler Town a second time was because the twins were all about the giant Light Brite board. They could not get enough of it!

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Rainbow Rain and Stomp & Play

These two attractions are fun digital interactive games. With Rainbow Rain, you can play in melting wax.

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Stomp & Play lets you play games on a digital interactive floor. There was also an under the sea game on one of the walls.

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Colossal Caddy

The Crayola Experience had a number of coloring stations with different pages you can choose from to color in.

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Modeling Madness

With your second token, guests can visit the vending machines lining the room to choose from a variety of different colors of Crayola’s modeling compound.

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Tables were set up with cookie cutters and other tools for you to mold and play with the modeling clay. The boys really enjoyed this attraction. Even just playing with the clay in their hands was great for their sensory development.

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Big Blue

Made from 123,000 blue crayons and weighing 1,500 lbs, Big Blue is the world’s largest crayon and worth stopping to admire.

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The Crayola Store

This gift shop is filled with adorable souvenirs. We took home a few t-shirts for the twins.

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But my favorite thing at the shop was the amazing Pick Your Pack crayon display. Loved the rainbow of colors!

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There is so much more to do at the Crayola Experience. While we got our fill on these few things to do, once the boys are older, I would love to visit again and check out the other attractions and have more fun with my sons!

Things to Do in San Diego with Baby – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

After our first few months here in San Diego, I am quickly becoming aware of what a wonderful, family-friendly city it is! There is just so much to do that I have to really pace myself in order to avoid burn out.

I am so lucky to be able to be a stay-at-home mom at the moment, but at the same time, I feel like this time is flying by and I want my twins to experience as much as possible before I have to go back to the reality of work-life.

For now, I am going to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer for our little family.

Recently, I took the boys to visit the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

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Located on Marine Corps. Air Station Miramar, the Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to United States Marine Corps. aviation. “Leatherneck” has long been a nickname for Marines, hence the name of the museum. It holds the largest and most complete collection of vintage Marine aircraft, with 27 aircraft on display.

One of the most famous pieces in the collection is “Lady Ace.” She played a key role in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, during which she landed on the rooftop of the US Embassy in Saigon to evacuate the US Ambassador just prior to the fall of Saigon.

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Another amazing thing about the museum is that it is staffed almost entirely by veteran volunteers. On the day we visited, they were extremely friendly and helped me get the stroller outside. I also saw them giving tours to other visitors. We had a limited amount of time, otherwise, I would have loved to hear their stories.

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Although the boys did not seem super interested in looking at the planes, I liked being able to give them exposure to these important parts of our history and getting them to see new things.

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Besides the outdoor exhibit of aircraft, the museum also features indoor exhibitions that highlight Marine artifacts, including uniforms, patches and awards.

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The museum is entirely stroller friendly, although it might have been a smoother ride for the boys with a full-size stroller, rather than the umbrella stroller.

I look forward to bringing the boys back to the museum once they are older. The Flying Leatherneck Museum also holds annual “Open Cockpit Days” and visitors can sit in the cockpits of certain aircraft and in the cargo area of a helicopter. That sounds super fun for everyone and is definitely something I have not done either!

The Flying Leatherneck Museum is located on MCAS Miramar. Enter through Museum Gate on Miramar Road, between Camino Ruiz and Cabot Drive. The gate is marked by flags.