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What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

by toddecus Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Headed down to try out the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

for the weekend. Any suggestions other than go to the pool as to what I should do with the girls?

Am aware of the zoo and sea world. Is there anything else I shouldn't miss?

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by Jim_Eliason Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Kids that age might enjoy Legoland more than sea world but it can be pricey. A free option would be to go to La Jolla to see the seals, they are raising pups this time of year. Also Balboa park has a carousel and train for kids along with numerous playgrounds.

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    by giampiero6 Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    hotel del coronado might have stuff to do. They had special skating and things like that for Christmas. Legoland?

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Hey big guy, howzit...?

    You may want to look up Balboa Park as well. Perhaps the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute, which is likely the top Oceanography School/Institute in the world.

    Personal note: There is a pretty good movie which takes place at the Del, called The Stuntman, with Peter O'Toole. Worth a look

    Last time I was there, I was passing by but popped in for their exquisite breakfast.......d:o)

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by TooTallFinn24 Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    If you are looking for a quieter, less crowded option you might want to drive out to the Cabrillo National Monument. See the Point Loma Lighthouse, have great views of San Diego and the ocean, and take a great hike where on a good day you can see down to Mexico. The kids will also be able to run around without getting in anyone's way. Lego Land is a good option but would recommend on weekdays cuz on weekends it is a zoo, without the animals.

    Here is the NPS link to the monument;

    http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

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    by Agraichen Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    In addition to the other suggestions, At the end of E street in Chula Vista is a Discovery Center where kids can get up close with the critters resident. they can touch sting rays as they swim by; see an eagle out of it's cage up close, watch all sorts of marine life in their tanks, etc. Left out of Lowes and then north on I5 to E Street; left into the parking lot where a shuttle will drive you to the center.

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    by pacific_sol Online Now Mar 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    There is the New Children's Museum downtown right by the convention center - Here is their website: thinkplaycreate.org/index.ht...

    It looks like admission is $10 per person but the San Diego County Library also has a museum pass for this museum that is good for free admission for two adults and all the children in their household. If you live in California, you can get a card with any SDCL branch and if they happen to have a pass available, you can check it out the same day, but it does need to be returned or they charge you for it. The closest SDCL branch to Coronado would probably be the Imperial Beach branch if you want to go through all the hoops of getting a card. Imperial Beach would be accessible from Coronado by taking the Silver Strand south - it's probably 15-20 minutes away. Here's the website for the county library if you want more information: www.sdcl.org .

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by Dymphna1 Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    There is also Old Town where they can see people walking around in period costumes and life of long ago. Kids do like history when the adults teach it with love.

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by lmkluque Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    toddecus wrote:
    Headed down to try out the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

    for the weekend. Any suggestions other than go to the pool as to what I should do with the girls?

    Am aware of the zoo and sea world. Is there anything else I shouldn't miss?

     Four and Two are pretty young but there are lots of things to do with little ones.  Across the street from Lowes is the Silver Strand State Beach if they'd like to play in the sand.  At the Hotel Del and at the Ferrylanding Market Place there are surrey bikes the whole family can ride on to get around from shopping areas to play parks. There is a bayside beach at the Ferrylanding Market Place that's calm and safe for little ones to play and Taking the ferry across the bay might be more fun for them than an hour curise, because it take less time. Right downtown at the Harbor where the ferry docks is the Maritime museum, the Star of India is a great place for kids, it's like a pirate ship and even girls like exploring the ship.  The Children's Museum is an interactive place and I believe that there are things to do for a two year old as well.  Next to it is another smallish park.  Seaport Village has an old fashioned carrosel and at the back of it there is wonderful place to fly kites.  Inexpensive kites can be bought at Horton Plaza or maybe still at Seaport Village.  At Balboa park, besides the merry-go-round and train ride the Science Center, at the Ruben H. Fleet, has  hands-on displays, for all ages and some things interesting to the littlest ones and you might check out the IMAX film at the time of your visit, these can be fascinating for the two year old also.  Behind the Ruben H. Fleet is a play park, great for a picnic and swings and climbing thing the kids can play on, also if it is a fair day, a good place to spread a blanket if the kids need a nap.  If you do think of going to Cabirllo National Monument there is also a tide-pool that kids of all ages find exciting.    Hope this helps. 

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    Re: What to do with a 4 year old and 2 year old girl in San diego this weekend?

    by toddecus Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. We spent the first day by the pool mostly, but Sunday we headed out to brave SeaWorld, San Diego . Which the girls and even my wife loved. We then came back and did the gondola ride, which was also a big hit.   "Colombo"  (I still think was a fake alias.) was our gondoleer and gave a surprisingly lovely version of an Andre Bocelli song.  Really appreciated the information, even those who's guidance we didn't take this time, made our radar for our next weekend away.

    Thank You,

    -Todd 

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