Tomorrow is the day! Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s locations all across the US from noon until 8pm.
Find your local participating location here.
There is one in San Diego: Seaport Village.
If you’ve never been, the line at Seaport Village goes pretty fast. It’s a great time, enjoying a tasty treat and watching the boats in the bay!
I am so freaking excited about this event! I am requesting time off and going.
The Moms Meet Wow Summit is coming to Orange County, CA on November 10-11th!
It’s two days of learning and fun. Connect with other parents, and brands, and have some much-needed adult time on Friday night for the cocktail party.
Early Bird tickets start at only $29, and Content Creator tickets start at $99.00. All the information including speakers, sponsors, and hotel accommodations can be found here. The website will be updated as more information (speakers, etc.) become available.
I will be updating this post as more information becomes available. This year is very light on programs that are open to anyone, so I recommend that you lean on your community resources:
- If you receive WIC or SNAP benefits, check in with your social worker to see if they have any information on holiday help programs. Events like Toys for Joy are being held on a referral basis only. You have to receive an invitation from the event to attend. These are being given out by social workers and those with connections to the group.
- If you attend church/synagogue/mosque, check with your religious leader or the secretary/office staff. They may have referrals to programs offering holiday help.
- Check with your kids’ school. Talk to the school counselor, resource teacher, or school secretary.
- If you frequent local food charities or co-op’s, they may have some resources on holiday events or toy giveaways.
Here is my monthly list of free food opportunities within San Diego County. Many of the food pantries also have special holiday distributions, so it is worth a call to find out of any additional food or gift distributions will be done.
As of now, I am not aware of any free Christmas tree giveaways, however, as I gather more information, I will update this post.
- The Salvation Army does an Angel Tree program to gather gifts for children in need. For more information about this program, contact your local Salvation Army location.
- 211 San Diego has a listing of all sorts of holiday assistance from food to toys, and events- all free. Some programs/events require proof of need, but not all.
If you live in Santee and need help with food and gifts for the holiday, contact Santee Santas. You can download and print forms, check into eligibility (it is income-based and they are very strict from what I’ve been told), and see what forms you need in addition to the application here.
The window to apply for Santee Santas is closing in a few weeks, so if you want to apply, I recommend checking their website TODAY and apply ASAP.
Talk Back: If you know of any CONFIRMED free local holiday events in 2022, please leave a comment.
This was in my email this morning, and in the past, the Grossmont Healthcare District has had some really fun events, including an open house last year where I won a set of pots and pans!
The open house is on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 10 AM – 1 PM. At 10:30 AM, a brief program in the auditorium will feature highlights of the hospital, library, and district history. Then stay for:
- Enjoy free food and beverages
- Live music from Paul Nichols, Intentional Healing Music
- A community painting project with Linda Bounds, new stARTs therapeutic arts program
- A walking art tour with Carol Lockwood, La Mesa Historical Society
- Crafts in the Library
- A drumming fitness class
- A scavenger hunt and more
The Library address is 9001 WAKARUSA ST. LA MESA, CA 91942. More info and RSVP information can be found here.
It’s that time of year: Spooky Season! We’ve got our Halloween decor up, and I’ve started the kid’s costumes. They love wearing their costumes as much as possible, so we’re always looking for fun Halloween events.
Here are just a few that are big hits with my little ghouls:
As more events pop up I will add to this post, and post on Social Media as well.
Talk Back- If you know of any free Halloween events in San Diego, please leave a comment!
October is a great time to be a kid in San Diego!
This October 1-31, kids 12 and under receive free admission at many arts, cultural, and science museums and historical sites in San Diego County.
For those of us with curious kids, this is perfect! Kids can get into over 40 museums in the San Diego area free with paying adults (all the info can be found here).
Some of the participating organizations include:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Timken Museum of Art (it’s always free for everyone FYI)
Women’s Museum of California
A full list can be found here. Oh, and as part of free October, Kids can get into the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park free when accompanied by a paying adult! Other Kids go free attractions include: Legoland, Sea World, and the USS Midway!!
*Some museums charge fees for special exhibitions, programs or films. Some museums may limit offer use to once per month per guest. Purchase of a Balboa Park Explorer Pass does not qualify as a paid adult admission for the Kids Free in October program. Purchase of a Go San Diego Pass or card does not qualify as a paid adult admission for the Kids Free in October program at most museums; call museum(s) before visiting to enquire.
The Stronghold is excited to present its very first San Diego Gameschooling Expo!
- Friday, August 19, 2022
- The Stronghold:Check-In and Primary Gaming Area for Ages 6+
- The Dancehouse: Teen Gaming Area (Ages 13+ only)
- Yeeha Boba: Trivia
- Point Loma Library: Parent Conference and Vendor Fair
What’s the Expo about?
Bringing together families for a fun, interactive Gameschooling mini convention accompanied by homeschooling vendors throughout San Diego! Join them for the Parent Conference, Gameschooling activities, Vendor Fair, Prizes, and more!
What’s the cost to attend?
Adults are FREE! Kids Ages 6-12 are $15, and Teens (13 and up) are $20 a ticket. Interested in volunteering to get a free ticket for your kids? They have limited opportunities to waive up to one registration per adult.
What does the ticket include?
Ticket includes access to our Parent Conference, THREE of the Gaming Areas, including the following but not limited to Board Games, Chess, Puzzles, and Trivia. Please note they will not be having Video Gaming at this event.
To learn more about this event and secure tickets, visit their Eventbrite page here.
Did you know that veterans can receive up to four free passes to Sea World? It’s true!
The response to this opportunity earlier this year was so overwhelming that Sea World decided to offer it to you again! To show their appreciation for those who have served our country, they are offering U.S. military veterans FREE SeaWorld San Diego tickets for themselves and up to three friends or family members.
This limited-time offer is only available online through July 31. Get your tickets by verifying your military status through ID.me at the link below and use them by July 31!
This isn’t available at the park, so you’ll have to sign up here and fill out all the forms before you go.
Parking isn’t included in this offer and starts at $17, depending on which level of parking you select.
San Diego Comic-Con will be back in town July 21-24 at the convention center downtown. If you haven’t bought or won tickets (most radio stations give away tickets in the weeks leading up to the event) don’t fret, there are tons of free and cheap events and fun to be had outside Comic-Con in the general Gaslamp area.
There is usually an area between the New Children’s Museum and the Trolley Tracks that is chock full of fun events and demos, and behind the convention center there has been movie and cartoon screenings on the grassy area.
Here are a few events that have caught my attention:
Outside Comic Con has great info on offsite events.
If you want to wear a costume, here are my tips for doing it on the cheap. We’re not going this year, it’s very hard to navigate with inattentive kids, and really, I don’t feel safe being in crowds that size.
Regardless of your costume status, my recommendation is to wear comfy shoes, ’cause you will be walking a lot! And bring a refillable water bottle. And a snack (protein bars are great!). And a camera (or really, just your phone these days!).