The Summer Bucket List

The Summer Bucket List

School is out for summer! If you’ve been racking your brain trying to think of fun activities to do with your kids, we’ve got you covered. We put together a list of cool places to go and fun things to do all summer long.  


Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery

A gorgeous spot to take the kids and explore nature and blooming gardens, grab some pie and fresh lemonade at Cafe Bloom, enjoy the goat encounter and roaming the colorful trails.


Waterfront Park

Enjoy a fun filled day at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, flanked with views of the city skyline and the San Diego Bay.  Splash through interactive water fountains, play and explore in the futuristic playground and run free in the open park!  If you want to throw in an evening of live music head down to the park on June 24th @ 6pm for a free concert featuring Hullabaloo kids band!  Sing, dance, and enjoy a picnic as the sun sets over the San Diego Bay!


Color Made Happy

Colorful, kid friendly creations by our artistic friend Sam Sarles.  Let your kids’ imagination blossom with inspiring and fun art creations – one of our favorite crafts is the Pandicorn Unicorn mason jars! Check out the link for a tutorial of this fun craft and many more.

Annie’s Canyon Trail

Enjoy the outdoors with an adventurous day exploring the sandstone crevasse that has created a hiking path up to a 200-foot elevation above sea level. The canyon was sculpted by water, over time, which poured over sandstone and smoothed its surface into narrow corridors with sandy footing like a dry creek bed – reach the top and you are welcomed with panoramic ocean and lagoon views!


La Jolla Caves

Check out the world famous Sunny Jim Sea Cave in Ja Jolla. The unique and beautiful cave has a manmade tunnel from inside the Cave Store with a 145 step decent which allows you to enter the Sunny Jim Cave by land – this is the only cave you are able to access by land on the California coastline.  It’s truly a great experience that all the family will enjoy!


Creme & Sugar

Indulge your sweet tooth with a unicorn sundae, mermaid milkshake, cookie monster shake, Reese’s Pieces E.T. Sundae and so many more delicious treats.  The experience is unforgettable with each order being a masterful creation bursting with color, personality and flavor!  Visit their new location in Del Mar for a fun summer sweet treat!  2646 Del Mar Heights Rd. Del Mar, CA

Follow Crème and Sugar on Instagram for more info: @cremeandsugaroc


Oceanside Harbor Boat Rentals

Get out on the water with the kiddos and rent a paddle board, kayak or canoe.  Paddle around the harbor for an afternoon of fun in the sun and usually the occasional seal encounter!


Ferry Boat from San Diego to Coronado

Have fun on the bay traveling on the ferry boat from San Diego to Coronado, bring your bike on for free to if you wanna cruise the island.  Spend the day exploring the Coronado island with it’s beautiful beaches, shops, eateries and parks.




Check out the newest hang out in San Marcos – founded in 2017 Urge Gastropub & Common House is a one stop entertainment destination. Great food and drinks along with bowling, bocce ball and a ton of fun!

Alga Norte Aquatic Center

Cool off this summer at the Alga Norte pool – tons of fun for everyone including a splash pad and inflatable zone.

The New Children’s Museum

A great experience for the kids to be hands on with interactive activities, inspirational art and collaborative family fun!  This summer beginning Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend the museum is participating in the Blue Star Program which offers active and veteran military families free admission.


Torry Pines Gliderport

What a fun way to see aviation in action from the top of the Torry Pines Bluffs!  Gliderport is home to one of the most historic aviation sites in North America.  Be in awe as you watch paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes take flight over the La Jolla Bluffs and enjoy a coast view for miles.  Bring a picnic or grab some lunch at the Cliffhanger Café and have front row seats to an amazing aviation experience!  Also, on select weekends throughout the summer there is live music scheduled from 1-4pm – check out their website for more details.


Vital Climbing Gym

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing!”  Vital Climbing Gym is great boulder climbing gym right down off the 101 in Oceanside.  Take the whole family for an active experience filled with challenges and accomplishments!



16+ unique experiences, ranging from room-size sized interactive art installations to virtual reality films. Wonderspaces transports visitors outside of their everyday lives with the goal to bring people together through shared experience. Visitors will enjoy extraordinary art not generally this accessible by the masses.

Park 101

A family fun outdoor eatery to relax and dine in the summer sun!  Enjoy playing Connect Four, Corn Hole or catching a sports game on the multiple TV’s while munching on pulled pork sandwiches, beet salad and killer fries!  Top it off with handmade cotton candy for the kiddos. Throughout the summer they are also doing movie nights, luau’s, and more! Check out their Instagram for more details.