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Today’s Forecast

62º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:52 a.m. | Sunset 4:59 p.m. | High tides 6:25 a.m. and 8:27 p.m. | Low tide 1:53 p.m.

 
A kid’s perfect day
A child in a red vest and pink helmet rides a scooter away from the camera, down a paved path towards palm trees.
Scoot down Mission Bay Park. | Photo by SDtoday team
Sorry, but — NO ADULTS ALLOWED — this one is for the kids. Grown-up, please hand this over to your little one. Got it, kiddo? Let’s plan a family day together. Here’s a fun schedule for you to try.

Morning

Be a chef and cook breakfast for the adults at home. The night before, ask your family to choose from one of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if any of the instructions seem confusing.

While you eat, talk about your plans for the day. Ask your family to help you prepare a backpack with things you’ll need. We suggest bringing:

🍫 Plenty of snacks like granola bars
💧 A water bottle
🧢 A hat

If you have time before heading to lunch, play at a playground like Pepper Grove near Balboa Park.

Afternoon

For lunch, head to The Crack Shack for chicken nuggets and say hello to the giant chicken. After you’ve filled your belly, spend the afternoon exploring The New Children’s Museum. What are you looking forward to most? Crawling around Whammock! and its colorful strings? Or putting on a show in Teatro Piñata?

Inside “Teatro Piñata. at The New Children’s Museum

Inside “Teatro Piñata.” | Photo via The New Children’s Museum

Evening

Wrap up the day with a family dinner. Head to one of our local farmers markets to pick out foods you can make together. Over dinner, talk about everything you did today. Ask questions like:

🧠 What was something new you learned?
🤡 What was something funny that happened?
👀 What would we do differently if we did that again?
👍 What do you definitely want to do again? (And again and again…)

Grown-ups — take pictures along the way and share them with us. Also, send us more family-friendly recommendations and we may just feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
 
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Events
 
Wednesday, March 22
  • Recent Work from the Studio Exhibition | Through Saturday, March 25 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | R. B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. Ste. 101, La Jolla | Free | An exhibition of recent paintings by San Diego artist Ricardo Xavier.
  • Say No to Single-Use Plastic Webinar | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 5-6 p.m. | San Diego | Free | I Love A Clean San Diego leads this webinar about zero-waste products that’ll help you eliminate single-use plastic from your daily routine.
Thursday, March 23
  • Taste of Third | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 4-8 p.m. | Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista | $45 | Stroll, sample, and sip your way through downtown Chula Vista’s restaurants at this self-guided foodie affair.
  • The Queen’s Cartoonist | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. | $35-$75 | Six musicians perform jazzy, high-energy music from cartoons spanning 100+ years.
Friday, March 24
  • Breathe with Us | Friday, Mar. 24 | 8-9 a.m. | Museum of Us, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego | $10 | Climb the historic California Tower while enjoying moments of guided meditation; once you get to the top, partake in a yoga session.
  • The Union Marketplace | Friday, Mar. 24-Saturday, Mar. 25 | Times vary | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar | $20-$45 | Celebrate the joys of card collecting, meet other collectors, and shop from 400+ vendors tables and exhibitors.
Saturday, March 25
  • KSON CountryFest | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 4:20 p.m. | Gallagher Square at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $45 | Live music by Lee Brice, Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Dillon Carmichael, and Hannah Ellis.
  • Delta Rae | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 8:30 p.m. | The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego | $25 | The folk rock band performs the “Return of the Witch Tour.”
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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News Notes
 

Weather
  • 58º | Cloudy, breezy, and rainy | 60% chance of rain
  • The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for San Diego County beaches through 9 p.m. tomorrow. Large breaking waves between 5-8 ft are expected, with sets up to 9-12 ft. Swimming and surfing conditions are dangerous and there could be some erosion along local shorelines. (National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:50 a.m.
  • Set: 7:02 p.m.
Tide
  • Low: 4:30 a.m. + 4:41 p.m.
  • High: 10:36 a.m. + 10:54 p.m.
  • Water Temperature: 57°
Civic
Announced
  • Who’s the boss? Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will perform at Pechanga Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2 — their first time headlining San Diego in 42 years. The Boss performed at the San Diego Sports Arena (same venue, different name) on Sept. 2, 1981. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Sports
  • Start ‘em young. San Diego Wave FC has signed Clairemont native Melanie Barcenas — who, at 15 years and 138 days old — is the youngest-ever contracted player in NWSL history. The forward joins the Wave under the league’s new under-18 entry mechanism, and will be with the team through the 2025 season. (ESPN)
  • In other Wave FC news, veteran goalkeeper Carly Telford announced her retirement from professional soccer. Telford, who began her pro career in 2002, joined the Wave in its inaugural season with six appearances and 18 saves but said it’s time to “hang up the old boots and gloves.”
Arts
  • Downtown San Diego’s new WNDR Museum will debut its WNDR After Dark series tomorrow, 6-9 p.m. The theme is “Flash/Dance” and visitors will enjoy a DJ spinning tunes, special activations, and immersive experiences inside the museum’s 20+ exhibits. Post-kickoff, the event will return every third Friday monthly.
Environment
  • Republic Services will host “Mulch Madness,” an organics composting event for Chula Vista residents this Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Otay Landfill & Compost Facility — 1700 Maxwell Rd. Turn your organic waste into free compost to take home; bring your own shovels, containers, tarps, and proof of residency.
Drink
  • You know we love locally-themed craft beer, and The Original 40 Brewing Company in North Park has two new ones: University Ave Kölsch and University Ave Raspberry Kölsch. Both names pay tribute to University Avenue, the neighborhood’s main road that is home to restaurants, breweries, and small businesses galore.
Job
  • We’re hiring a Sales Executive to lead our advertising relationships. This exec would be pitching the most relevant and modern media offering in town while earning a competitive salary with unlimited PTO. Learn more + apply.
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Civic
 
📸 Oh, snap
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Applications for the City of San Diego’s first-ever municipal photo fellowship are due by Wednesday, April 5. | Photo via Saeid Anvar + Pexels
Picture this: A local artist with fresh ideas developing meaningful works for San Diego’s Civic Art Collection.

That’s the vision behind Exposure, the city’s first municipal photo fellowship program, “designed to provide a platform for artists to explore civic and social issues facing San Diego through the medium of photography.”

For the pilot fellowship, the Commission for Arts and Culture is seeking an artist or team to develop a framework for innovative, visual storytelling to help support “Welcoming San Diego,” an initiative “designed to advance the civic, social, and economic integration of immigrants in the most vibrant cross-border mega region in North America.”

The fellowship’s budget is $75,000 and the position will begin in late spring through the fall of 2024. The commission is accepting artist applications through 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 — so if you know a photographer, expose them to the opportunity.
 
The Wrap
 
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From the Editor
Hi, friends. Despite the rainy start to spring, I’m still so excited for this season in San Diego. Once it dries out and warms up, I’m looking forward to bike rides at Lake Murray, hiking at Torrey Pines, and taking my little ones to play at Mission Bay Park. So much fun to be had — are you listening, San Diego sunshine?

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