Week 13 (11/13 - 11/17)
Week 12 (11/6 - 11/9)
Be the Astronaut
There is no better way to spend this weekend than exploring an exhibit in Balboa Park learning about the universe in a safe place. There is an event in the San Diego Air and Space Museum that has been active since February 4 and continues until December 31. The cost of admission is $5 per person on top of the original museum admission price.
The Be the Astronaut exhibit is an interactive attraction where you get to control the launch of a rocket, pilot the spacecraft, and drive a rover through space. The goal is to help kids “discover the solar system first hand with the help of virtual astronauts, and land on multiple worlds, including the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and asteroids,” according to the exhibit’s host museum. NASA’s experts have designed this attraction to be fun for the whole family and informative in terms of learning about the use of STEM in outer space.
In conclusion, the Be the Astronaut exhibit is something fun for the entire family and it teaches people of all ages science and skills that can be used inside and outside of school. The experts that designed this exhibit elaborated on their work by stating “scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, Be the Astronaut teaches you about the concepts, challenges, and excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts, and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules.” So, if you're looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend, head down to Balboa Park and learn to be an astronaut!
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Be the Astronaut in Balboa Park
Picture by San Diego Air and Space (left)
Week 11 (10/30 - 11/3)
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Come to see the Breeders’ Cup this weekend at Del Mar.
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Last year’s Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar, California.
Are you looking for something to do this weekend that will take you where the “surf meets the turf?” On November 3rd and 4th, you can go down to Del Mar to watch horses race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but if you don’t plan on attending the event, you can watch it on NBC Sports Network on T.V. Children under the age of seventeen are permitted to enter the race, but should be looked after fairly closely.
There will be many riders coming to try and claim the six million dollar prize on their various different types of horses. Besides the Classic occurring this weekend, there are a variety of other races taking place during the very exciting weekend. There are four races on Friday followed by eight (not including the Main Event) races on Saturday. CBS News informs the local public that “There is a significant amount of overlap in terms of jockeys in these races, with Smith and Castellano being among the most notable.” Additionally, they assure us that “as [the] weekend goes on,” we should “keep an eye on Smith in particular, who was dominant in 2017 and will look to continue that dominance in Del Mar.”
If you are looking for a exciting family event, come down to Del Mar and pin your favorite jockey and horse to cheer on in the Breeder’s Cup Classic this weekend.
Week 10 (10/23 - 10/27)
There has been an outbreak of popularity locally in one single play: “Hamilton.” This production has prompted people to research and learn about the history behind it, buy tickets for themselves and friends, and build bonds with fellow fans. Tickets have consistently been going up in price since “Hamilton” hit its epoch. People have been camping outside of the box office to buy tickets for the next showing of the musical since October 26. Tickets are being bought as fast as Comic Con tickets when they become available.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the play, told The Associated Press that he felt "really humbled and really overwhelmed," when he was interviewed. “Hamilton” is based on one of the most hard-working founding fathers in terms of fundamental economic and governmental structuring, Alexander Hamilton. The tickets to the next showing of “Hamilton” have been on sale since a few days ago. Unfortunately, Miranda has retired from his role as the protagonist, Alexander Hamilton. Nonetheless, the play has produced such outrageously full houses that Fox 5 News reported and wrote a news story documenting the flurry of people in the lines seeping out of buildings selling its tickets.
Picture courtesy of The Union Tribune
Picture from The Learning Network's blog on The News York Times's website
Dia de los Muertos in Old Town
Dia de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead” in English, is celebrated on the first and second of November. San Diego, being enriched with culture from its neighboring nation, Mexico, puts on quite a show for this day. The festivities in San Diego’s Old Town will last from October 28 to November 2 and admission is free to the public.
The celebration in Old Town will hold many amazing things to help us memorialize and immortalize lost lives this Dia de los Muertos. Each day has many different activities for everyone to do that include (but are not limited to) children’s arts and crafts, face painters, Aztec dancers, sugar skull decorating. There will also be an area where you can look up your ancestors. Old Town claims that they “will have six computers and six family history specialists present to help anyone that is interested. [We will have] one specialist in Mexican family history and a beautiful display of Mexican ancestry, [along with] one specialist in African family history research and another great display of African ancestry. We will have all of the materials to fill out in order to find out information about their family. Also you will have something to take home with you.”
The churches around Old Town will also have services throughout Dia de los Muertos that will include masses, harp meditation, All Saints’ Day obligation, and night fever. The churches will also be open in the evening on November 2 in procession to the cemetery.
There is also a celebration called the Fiesta de Reyes taking place in addition. Those hosting the festivities affirm that, “as is the custom every year, the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard in Old Town will be full of fanciful, humorous, and visually-stimulating décor, offered as tributes to many of San Diego’s early citizens. Many life-sized Catrina skeleton dolls in fancy dress, and some greater than life size, hold court at Fiesta de Reyes throughout the fall season.” Folklorico dancers will also prance through Old Town during the events being held, so head on over! Parking will be free.
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A promotional photo for Dia de los Muertos in Old Town, San Diego.
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Some of the decorations that can be seen around Old Town during the Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Week 9 (10/16 - 10/20)
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A promotional photo from Birch’s Haunted Aquarium. (Top)
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Some pumpkins promoting the Haunted Aquarium.
If you are looking for some spooky, scientific fun, you should go to the Birch Aquarium on October 20 or 21. This event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. You’ll get to enjoy being in close proximity to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and get to see unusual creatures rarely seen in the aquarium. Birch Aquarium urges you to, “Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time,” at their Halloween-themed event.
There are many events going on within the two days of scientific discovery including, but not limited to, getting up-close and personal with a Humboldt squid; getting to see creepy creatures like the skeleton shrimp and the sea spider; a family-friendly costume contest; a good vantage point of multiple glow-in-the-dark ocean creatures; family-friendly spooky story-telling; and so much more.
Additionally, a recycling event at the aquarium permits that if you bring in any clear plastic material, you will receive a gift shop coupon until the nineteenth of October. The aquarium encourages, “Birch Aquarium is calling on the community to reduce, reuse, repumpkin, and create spooktacular pumpkins out of recycled plastic containers. The plastic pumpkins can be made of any clean, reused container, and should be submitted to Birch Aquarium for a coupon to the Gift Shop by October 19[th]. The Plastic Pumpkin Patch will be on display for Haunted Aquarium.”
Week 8 (10/9 - 10/13)
Fleet Week Starts
This week in San Diego, Fleet Week is dedicated to celebrating our men in women in the military. Fleet Week lasts from October 11 to October 17 and is open for active military, veterans, and the general public to attend.
The first event open to the public is the USO Concert in the Park, which begins October 13. The first half of the concert the USO Show Troupe will perform songs ranging from 1940’s tunes to today’s hits. The second half of their performance will include “beach country” songs from Tim Hurley. In order to get good seats, be there when the doors open at 5 p.m.
The events on October 14 include Fleet Week’s Sea and Air Parade and the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge. The parade will show off the military’s best action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, aircraft, Coast Guard search and rescue, vintage military aircraft, and many more amazing technological feats. The parade is free to the public and starts 12 p.m. The MCRD Boot Camp includes a three-mile obstacle run with 60 USMC drill instructors at the course helping guide everyone in the right direction. If you want to attend the Boot Camp, you must sign up in advance.
On the 17th of October, the Fleet Week Enlisted Luncheon takes place at Seaworld San Diego, which will also honor our military. Channel 7 explains, “This luncheon at SeaWorld San Diego honors more than 250 military enlisted guests who have distinguished themselves in their service and within their various commands. Honorees and guests enjoy a delicious lunch and award presentation hosted by NBC 7’s Bridget Naso. After the luncheon, attendees are invited to enjoy an exciting day at SeaWorld San Diego.”
Fleet Week holds plenty of exciting events beyond those described here, all in the name of helping us honor our past and present military and show them how much we appreciate their service.
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A photo from last year’s Fleet Week in San Diego
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MH-60 Seahawks flying over San Diego during last year’s Fleet Week.
Week 7 (10/2 - 10/6)
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People enjoying what Pumpkin Station, Del Mar has to offer.
Pumpkin carving is a popular Halloween tradition. The places where you can pick the perfect pumpkin are finally starting to open. Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is opening on Wednesday, October 4 and stays open until Halloween
day. Oma’s is only closed on Sundays and Mondays and the hours are from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. The festivities at Oma’s include hay rides, pedal carts, a sand pile with toys for children to play in, a cottonseed mountain, and much more. Oma’s ushers in the pumpkin season by announcing, “We'll have lots of great pumpkins for sale!! Sizes range from tiny to 100+ lbs. Also available for sale will be Indian corn, corn stalks, gourds, and hay bales. Come visit our 'A Piece of the Farm' gift shop for souvenirs, crafts, honey and other seasonal items.”
Another place children can be brought to pick out their perfect pumpkins are Pumpkin Stations. There are Pumpkin Stations all over San Diego County, so you should be able to find one. Pumpkin Station kicks off Halloween with merriment on September 29 and continues spreading the spirit until October 29. The hours vary; Sundays through Thursdays, Pumpkin Station is open 9 A.M to 7 P.M., and Fridays and Saturdays, they are open 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Pumpkin Station hosts a lot more exhilarating activities than pumpkin picking that include an antique carousel, a swing ride, a car ride, a petting zoo, a game zone, some slides, and many more fun things for children to do. Sandy Coronilla says that “No matter where you are in the county, there's likely a Pumpkin Station nearby. The stations feature giant slides, inflatables, a game center, and more.”
Pumpkin picking and carving are easy ways to get into the Halloween spirit, especially in San Diego. There are amazing opportunities at both Oma’s and Pumpkin Station, so the little ones definitely will not be bored visiting and playing among the pumpkins.
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Guests at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch enjoying a ride.
In a city like Santee, the crime rate totals 980 total crimes per year on “bad” years, which now includes petty crimes. Robberies of items worth even low amounts such as 2 dollars are also contributing factors to the crime rate, but Santee’s crime numbers do not compare to cities and neighborhoods like Detroit, Milwaukee, the Bronx, and Chicago. We go to a school in a city where there isn’t much talk about violence or gang-related activity, because simply not much happens in our area. That’s why it was shocking to some when possibly gang-related graffiti and tags started popping up at the parks near the school -- but is this graffiti really a problem or even something to worry about?
The newly added “decorations” to the local parks are highly questionable. Some believe that “graffiti is always vandalism,” as Heather MacDonald of New York Times puts it, but others look at graffiti as a form of expressive art. One Santee local claims that “it’s just a bunch of little kids and really not anything to worry about.” Most Santee residents seem to either pay little mind to this new issue or are uninformed of it.
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Unsafe vs. safe areas in big cities across the USA.
Week 6 (9/25 - 9/29)
The Hunt Is On
Want to have an amazing weekend with a group of friends? Well, this activity is just for you! This is not just a scavenger hunt, however; you can walk around with friends, take a tour around downtown San Diego to Balboa Park, and learn about the history surrounding these destinations. Your group of two to five people can sign up online and have a couple of hours of fun. You can even form more than one team and play against all of your friends. You will be guided by your smartphone around San Diego, using clues to complete challenges while learning about the area's history. When you are done, your scores will be posted to the San Diego leaderboard so you can see your ranking and your team's score.
This Urban Adventure Quest comes at a great value too! If you have five or more teams, you can get a 20% discount on your scavenger hunt. If you have 10 or more groups, you get 25% off. Simply call 805-603-5621 for any other questions on potential discounts. The scavenger hunt consists of 23 challenges and a total distance of 2.4 miles; the average time of completion is in the approximate range from three to three and a half hours. If you are interested in scavenger hunts, this is a must-see!
Scavenger Hunt Map for San Diego and Mission Beach
Week 5 (9/18 - 9/22)
A plate of pasta by the Philadelphia Restaurant Week.
An exciting Restaurant Week is coming soon! Restaurant Week is an event in which local restaurants partner with multiple organizations to promote their lunch and dinner specials to the public. The restaurants that participate also reduce the prices to their most expensive and exclusive meals to make them more affordable and enjoyable for everyone.
Restaurant Week started in 1992 in New York. They originally only served lunch; it would cost around 20 dollars for a 3-course high-end lunch. Now they serve both lunch and dinner and make both meals relatively affordable. Get out there and have some delicious fun! It starts on September 24 and ends on October 1. Don't miss out! Make sure to get out there and enjoy some unique and amazing worldly cuisine.
Different foods on forks by Westchester Restaurant Week.
(Pictures from the respective Restaurant Weeks mentioned above)
Halloween By The Sea
If you are looking for something to get you into the Halloween spirit, starting September 23 through October 29, SeaWorld San Diego is transforming their theme park into a spooky and family-friendly atmosphere for the Halloween season.
With Halloween approaching, SeaWorld San Diego has revamped their usually ocean-themed facility into a lighthearted Halloween paradise for children to explore. Chrysty Summers says, “I loved how creative they were at merging the sea life themes in with Halloween, all the while keeping it family-friendly and spook-free.” With candy stations all over the brightly decorated park, children and adults alike have the opportunity to roam around and collect candy from each station. If they want a break from running around, they can watch the many shows that SeaWorld offers. Dance parties are also available in the park and wearing costumes is allowed.
SeaWorld also has a section of the park dedicated to the festivities of Dia de los Muertos. The area is decorated with radiant banners. SeaWorld enthusiastically claims that the decor of, “colorful papel picado flags, vibrant ofrendas and large catrinas will invite guests to learn about this traditional Mexican holiday, and take part in this festive celebration of life.” You will never forget the dazzling decorations.
So, if you are looking for something fun to do with the entire family, SeaWorld provides an amazing and enjoyable atmosphere everyone will love.
SeaWorld’s Dia de los Muertos decorations.
Sesame Street characters all dressed up.
(Pictures courtesy of Sea World San Diego)
Week 4 (9/11 - 9/15)
If you are looking for something easy and enjoyable to do this weekend, this is definitely something to consider: this weekend, the San Diego Bayfair is taking place and brings with it fun for everyone! The San Diego Bayfair takes place in Mission Bay and entertains with activities such as boat racing and fireworks. It is 30 dollars for a ticket, so you must get them before they sell out if you’d like to attend the fair.
The San Diego Bayfair has been a tradition for many years. The fair first started in 1964, which would never have happened without long-time hydro boat racer Bill Muncey. He was the one who mapped out the track and pressured the city to host this event. The Bayfair is non-profit and is made to give people a weekend full of fun and opportunities to learn about some of the rich history behind San Diego's hydro boat racing.
(Pictures from top to bottom courtesy of SanDiegoBayFair.org and the San Diego Reader, respectively)