Last month the boys had Fall Break so we packed up the car and made a quick 6-hour drive to San Diego to spend a week at the beach. Side note, before moving to Arizona I had never heard of Fall Break! It still seems like such a weird concept to me, and if you're also unfamiliar, it's a week during October the kids don't have school. I think it might just be a West Coast-ish thing, so correct me if I'm wrong!
San Diego Zoo: October is a special month in San Diego, with kids getting in free to many places. The zoo was one of them, so we decided to all go for the first time! We had a wonderful day- we got there when they opened and spend about 5 hours walking around, riding the tour bus, and trying to see it all. The boys really enjoyed it too, and I felt like it was really a day well spent. Their favorite part was seeing the huge elephants, Hank's was the tiger, and mine was the flamingo area!
The New Children's Museum: this was another free October spot and a total hit with the boys. We arrived right when they opened and had the place to ourselves for the better part of the morning. This is just a quarter or half day activity, but they also have a delightful cafe on site with a ton of healthy snacks and meal options. I would say to give yourself 2.5 hours to do the whole museum. The boys loved it!
We explored La Jolla and Pacific Beach, ate at Taco Surf three times (!!), met up with friends from home, and ended our trip with ice cream and a beautiful sunset on the beach. It was a really special time for the four of us, and made just a bit more special knowing we'll soon be adding a fifth to the mix. It's always nice to kind of freeze things as they are in your mind, and this trip was that for me- possible our last true family of four week-long adventure!
Until next time, San Diego!