Saturday, February 27, 2010

Freebies in San Diego

This is another GREAT blog in San Diego.

She's listed some freebies...some new/some old/some never expire.


MOVIES - SAT/SUN @ 10:30

All UltraStar Movie locations have "kidtoon" movies. It's the same movie all month, but you can pick a Saturday/Sunday.

NOT free, but almost - $2.50.

See website for details.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rancho Bernardo Inn Cmas Activities!

December 6th to 25th - see the 6foot Gingerbread House!!! On display for Free AND enter the Gingerbread contest b/t Dec. 7th and 10th

December 20-23, 5-8 p.m.

Photos with Santa, Storytelling,Cookie & Gingerbread House Decorating, Caroling, Seasonal Treats and Hot Cider.

Just $5 per child

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas on the Prado - Dec 4th & 5th

An annual tradition in our house. I've been going for 15 years! There are TONS of people but we love bundling up, soaking in the architecture/music of Balboa Park AND the fun International Cottage celebrations (check out Casa de Espana - yummy paella!)

San Diego's favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 32nd consecutive year on Friday, December 4, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, noon-10:00 p.m. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days.

Entertainment and holiday cheer are all part of this classic San Diego celebration-including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; international choirs, musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and others.

Christmas Tree Lane


Whitney St./Mankato - Christmas Circle between First and Second Ave., off H St. & 1st Ave., Dec. 10 through Dec.25, 5 to 10 pm. Over 55 homes decorated. Map

Eastlake Neighborhood - off Otay Lakes Rd. and Eastlake Pkwy. Evenings, Dec. 15 to 31. Homes for the Holidays contest will be held Dec. 15. Map


Lana Dr. & Jamar - off Mt. Abernathy Ave., Dec. 10 through Dec. 25. Over 40 homes decorated on this circular street. Map

4760 Norwalk Ave. - off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./Moraga Ave. Dec.1 through Jan.1, 6 to 10 pm. (11 pm weekends) Map


1523 48th Street - off Federal Blvd. & 48th St. Arron Christmas Lane. Dec. 1 through Dec. 30, 5 to 10 pm. Map


Jingle Bell Hill (aka Pepper Drive Lights) - Solomon Ave./Pageen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 and Bradley. Map

1838 El Pico Drive. - off Hacienda Drive Dec. 10 through Jan. 1, dusk to 10 pm. 41st year of decorating the 20-foot star over 100 ft. in the air, overlooking El Cajon Valley. Also see a 55-foot long train. Map


Bob's Christmas Wonderland - 7171 Cornell Ave., La Mesa. As featured in the Union-Tribune, this residence is truly a wonderland and is open from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through December. Visitors are asked to bring one canned food item to be donated to the Salvation Army. Map

5475 Heidi Street - off Lake Murray Blvd. and Marengo, Dec. 10 through Jan.1, 6 to 10 pm. - Map

6761 Jackson Drive - off Cowles Mtn. Blvd. Decorations remain lit until Jan.1. 5 to 9 pm. - Map


689 Meadowbrook Dr. - off Jamacha Rd., south of Lemon Grove. Dec. 6 through Jan.1, dusk to 10 pm. Many lights on home and occasionally, Santa and Mrs. Santa may be out to greet visitors. Map


4729 Newport Ave, Ocean Beach. The Olson family's gift to the community, their home's lights are synchronizedmsMusic (FM 89.7) and operate Monday - Thursday, and Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m.


12631 Stoutwood Street - off Twin Peaks Road & Deerwood Street. Through Jan. 4, 5:30 to 10 pm. Nicknamed "The Griswolds". Map

Hickory Court, Hickory Street - off Twin Peaks Road and Silverset St. Also Includes Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. Named "Candy Cane Lane", the entire cul-de-sac is lit up Dec. 3 through Jan.1, 6 to 9 pm . Map

Oviedo Street - off Black Mtn. Rd. "Christmas Card Lane": includes Twin Trails, Carmel Mtn. Rd.,Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Totherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln. Dec. 10 through Dec. 31, 6 to 10 pm. Map


Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr. - off Mission Gorge and Deerfield. Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 5 to 9 pm. Many lights and a tree on top of the home. Map


1639 Knob Hill - off Nordahl Rd. between Tam O'Shanter Dr. and Augusta Dr. Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, 5 to 9 pm. Disney characters and more. Santa will be out from 6 to 8 every evening Dec. 11 through Dec. 23, except Wednesdays. Map


9230 Wethersfield Rd., Sunwoodie Rd. - Nov. 27 through Jan. 1, 5 to 10 pm. Very colorful nativity scene, Noah's Ark and many lights. Map

9239 Lake Country Drive - off Mast Blvd. Dec. 9 through 30, 7 to 10 pm. Many lights, plus Santa sleigh rides on Dec. 16 & 17. Map

Starlight Circle (Sunburst Santee area), Tomel Court - off Magnolia. Dec. 3 through 31, 6 to 11 pm. On Dec. 17, the neighborhood is holding a Food Drive for the San Diego Food Bank. Bring a non-perishable food item and drop it in the barrels to help feed the hungry in San Diego County. Map


Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta - 5306 Belardo Drive, through Dec. 28. This home light display is a labor of love for Randy Schimka, whose sons both are Autistic. The impressive Christmas lights are a way to connect with his son Brandon, who responds to the lights. What's even more impressive is Randy has synchronized the displays with music, and you can listen on FM 89.7 while you are admiring his work. Map


746 Bonita Drive - off Olive Ave. Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 6 to 9 pm. Large display of lights with an elf's house. Large manger scene. Santa may be there on weekends! Map

Via Vastago - off Olive, Bonita Dr., and N. Melrose Dr. Dec. 10 through 31, 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Little town of Bethlehem in lights, with a possible visit from Santa Claus! Map

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

the Shoppe Around the Corner

There is a terrific event happening this weekend in Fallbrook. It’s called “Shoppe Around the Corner: A trendy Holiday Event” Featuring upscale gifts, gourmet foods, music, holiday goodies, furnishings, Santa & more…My mom and I will be selling there.

Get in the Christmas spirit as you enjoy carolers, hot cider and gifts for the season. Raffle every hour. And bring your kids and camera for a FREE photo opportunity with Santa (Saturday 11-2)

Friday, November 6th, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, November 7th, 8am to 4pm

550 Industrial Way, Suite C, Fallbrook: 760.731.7106 (questions) ** A portion of the proceeds will go to Northcoast Church.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Deals & Steals Blog

My friend Christen passed this link along. Enjoy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Oktoberfest - La Mesa

It's my favorite time of year! and that means it's time for La Mesa's Oktoberfest this weekend.

The largest 3-day Oktoberfest West of the Mississippi! and it's all FREE (except food & drinks of course). This is a great family event. Enjoy folk dancing, arts/craft booths, and the family-friendly beer garden with incredible brauts.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Halloween @ YMCA

Rancho Family YMCA (RB area) is hosting a FREE community Halloween event.

Friday, October 23rd, 7-8:30pm...Gobstacle course, haunted house, arts/crafts and other ghoulish activities.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Barnes & Noble Storytime

B&N @ Carmel Mountain offers a toddler storytime on Tuesdays and Fridays @ 10:30am. See your local store for details.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kids Eat Free 4 Family Day!

Restaurants all over the county are offering free meals for children today in celebration of Family Day — A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children.

From 4 to 8 p.m. today, participating restaurants will either offer a free child's meal with the purchase of an entree, or a free entree for a child with the purchase of an adult entree for restaurants that don't have children's menus.

The offer is limited to two free meals per table.

The following restaurants are participating (go to and click on “News + Events” for specific locations): Anthony's Fish Grotto, Boudin Bakery, Brigantine Seafood Restaurant, Cafe Coyote, Corner Bakery Cafe, Corvette Diner, Crest Cafe, El Pollo Loco, Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Gio Bistro & Wine, Lake Wohlford Cafe, Miguel's Cocina, Pam Pam Cafe & Grill, Roy's Restaurant, Ruby's Diner, Terra Restaurant, The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla, Via Italia Trattoria, Yard House San Diego and Zocalo.

These are the locations in So Cal

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fall is Almost Here! Apple Picking

Calico Ranch - Gates close @ promptly 3:30pm every day. By far the best place to pick (and the only one b/c of the drought). Their farm was first planted in the 1930’s with many varieties of antique apples and pears now available for fresh fruit sales.(858) 586- 03924200 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036Email:

Julian Mining Company- Discover gold & minerals using gold pans, sluice box and 'rockers.' Hayrides, U-Press cider, gift shop, raspberry picking & pumpkin patch in fall.(951) 313-0166Email:

Check back another year, but this year (2009) these listed below are all closed b/c of the drought.
Apples and Art Orchards - Open with reservationU-PICK pesticide free apple orchard, available for groups of all ages, with information and free apple cider making. Reservations necessary. Opening on September 11 for groups of 10 or more with reservations. Opening on September 28 for family groups of 10 or less from 12 to 4 p.m.(760) 310-63681052 Julian Orchards Drive, P.O. Box 2412, Julian, CA 92036Email:

Apple Starr Orchards - Open for U-PickOpen Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.We have a Certified Organic Orchard (California Certified Organic Farm) since 2000. Apples and Pears numbering 1000 trees. We have u-pick in September until the end of harvest (October.) We pack and box fruit for retail outlets.(949) 230-72691020 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036Email:

Apple Lane Orchard - CLOSED Apples, fresh cider, preserves, fruits and souvenirs, so bring your cameras. ¼ mile East of town on Highway 78 across from the High School football field. Group tours available by reservation.760) 765-2645 2641 Apple Lane, P.O. Box 760, Julian, CA 92036Email:

Mountain Farms...Gastil Orchards - Open for U-PickOpen Saturday and Sunday10 a.m to 4 p.m.(760) 765-0111 (Janet Gastil)1055 Julian Orchards Drive
Peacefield Orchard - Open for U-PickU-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee. Open week days by appointment, starting September 2008.(760) 443-39303803 Wynola Road, Julian, CA

Raven Hill Orchard - Open for U-PickOpen for U-PICK (7 days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) August 16. Apple orchard featuring 8000 dwarf trees growing seven varieties, managed by the Brady Brothers since January 2005. Patrick Brady is also an accomplished sculptor featured at (760) 765-24311284 Julian Orchards Drive, P.O. Box 981, Julian, CA 92036Email:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime

Every Tuesday, PBK (UTC mall) offers a storytime. Call ahead for time and details.

Kids get a "book" punchcard and every time they attend they get a stamp. 10 stamps equal a prize.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stop "Horsing Around"!

..but I'm not... Wednesdays are FREE @ the Del Mar Races! with their "Free & Easy Wednesdays" - you get
  • FREE strech run admission
  • FREE reserved seat
  • FREE program
  • 1/2 off domestic beer (in case you drink)
  • 1/2 off sodas
  • 1/2 off hot dogs
  • (catch? become a "diamond member" at the gate - but it's FREE too (and you get more benefits than just on Wednesdays).
  • What's almost as good as seeing the horses race? Taking your kids to get an upclose view of the race horses just before they take off - in the owner's circle. Can I get an "ooo-ahhh"?

Sundays @ the races also have FREE family infield play/fun. Inflatables, pony rides and games. Yes, ALL FREE! Starting @ 1:00pm.

Thursdays @ the races is $11 nite - for ONLY $11 you get

  • stretch run admission
  • reserved seat
  • Oggi's personal pizza
  • soda
  • program

Great SD Website for Parents!

Looking for fun things to do or child-centered stores, etc. Check out this website!