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Things to do in North County San Diego in December

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

things-to-doWinter is coming and with our great community and approaching holidays- there are plenty of great things to do in North County. Check out the many great FREE things to do in North County San Diego in December.

12/9 – CARLSBAD | 2nd Annual Cocoa & Christmas Lights Caravan (FREE)

Join us for the 2nd Annual Cocoa & Christmas Lights Caravan! Designed to make this Christmas season a little brighter, we’ll get together for cocoa and cider, have a few fun activities and a raffle. We’ll also take some festive pictures in front of a Christmas tree so make sure to wear your best Holiday gear. Afterward, we’ll then jump in our cars to go to see some of the best homes with Christmas lights and decor. Learn more:

4pm-5pm Hot cocoa, apple cider, fun activities and raffle.

5pm-7pm Christmas Lights Caravan
Windermere Homes & Estates

6965 El Camino Real

Suite 107

Carlsbad, CA 92009

(Von’s shopping center)
Get Directions


12/2 – ENCINITAS | San Dieguito Art Guild: Holiday Bazaar (FREE)

The San Dieguito Art Guild presents its seventh-annual Holiday Bazaar. No imported items – you can purchase directly from the artist. Come and participate in the silent auction of artwork donated by the participating artists. Paintings, photography,  jewelry, glass, mosaics, ceramics, cards, prints, and more! Learn more:

10am to 4pm
Encinitas Community and Senior Center

1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get Directions


12/2 – ENCINITAS | Encinitas Holiday Parade (FREE)

An exciting event with thousands of participants on floats and in bands with tens of thousands cheering them on as the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade travels down Coast Highway 101. The parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts” in recognition of the thriving art scene in Encinitas. There are nearly 100 expected entries who will go all out with creativity, showcasing floats, performance art, and music.

5pm to 5:30pm Tree-lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).

5:30pm to 7:30pm Parade

Along S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024


12/27 – OCEANSIDE | Sunset Trivia Night (FREE)

Come join the fun on Wednesday evenings for Sunset Trivia. Bring your best and brightest to compete to win at trivia. The top three teams win prizes at the end. There is no cost to play. While you’re here enjoy a craft beer with friends.

Trivia begins at 6pm
Belching Beaver Oceanside

1334 Rocky Point Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
Get Directions


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Kids FREE in October!

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik



Kids free in October is one of the best ways to see so many of the museums that San Diego has to offer on a budget!  This is the fifth year of Kids Free in October and our family is so excited!  This year San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Free in October is presented by the generous folks at Scholarshare.  Kids 12 and under will enjoy free admission with a paid adult at over 40 museums in San Diego County the entire month of October!  You will need a coupon for the museum visit and you can download a copy on the Kids Free in October website.

One adult can get up to two kids in free – this is great for our family that has an extra kiddo – also single parents with more than one kiddo can still take advantage! Check out all the museums below and also all the restrictions and more info on the site linked above.

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Cabrillo National Monument
California Center for the Arts Museum
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History & Art
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
La Jolla Historical Society
Living Coast Discovery Center
Lux Art Institute
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
Oceanside Museum of Art
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (galleries only)
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
Santa Ysabel General Store
Serra Museum
The New Children’s Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carillo Ranch House
Women’s Museum of California


Thank you so much to Scholarshare and the San Diego Museum Council for Kids free in October!

Kasi : Indian Food (Carlsbad, San Diego, Poway) on Living Social!

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik


Our family LOVES Kasi and I don’t believe I have ever seen them offer a daily deal!  I just bought this sweet deal from Living Social!  Get $30 worth of yummy Indian cuisine for only $15!

We love to get Kasi when we are shopping at Trader Joe’s or visiting our friends AK Martial Arts & Fitness in Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad.  Friends in San Diego & Poway they have locations in your area too!

Enjoy ~ Kate

*Image Credit – Living Social*

KidsFest Coming to San Diego! GIVEAWAY!

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik


 KidsFest is coming to San Diego!  KidsFest was one of our kid’s favorite activities last year with tons of fun and educational activities!  KidsFest 2014 is a weekend long celebration held on May 17th and May 18th in Point Loma at the NTC Ingram Plaza.  NTC Ingram Plaza is located at 2690 Historic Decatur Rd, SD 92106

KidsFestStrawberries KidsFest is presented by the Chloe Nichols Foundation.

crowd.creationstationJust a few of the things your family will enjoy with their admission price

– healthy treats provided by Pretzel Crisps, Clif Bar, and Trader Joe’s!

– Hullabaloo Concert

– Messy Zone (this was our kid’s favorite!

– Gumball Alley & Bubble Zone

– Dress Up Alley

– and LOTS more to spark your kid’s imagination and creativity!






HASHTAG:  #KidsFestSD  



Children under 2 are free. Early Bird tickets are now available through April 30. Single tickets are $15 and a Family Four Pack is $45. Tickets can be purchased online at

Enter the code SDDealsandSteals for an extra $5 off the Family Four Pack!  That works out to four tickets for $10 each!


We hope to see you there!

OK – so we have an awesome discount above – but you can also enter for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets here too!  KidsFest San Diego has generously sponsored this giveaway! You gotta be a fan of the sponsor (KidsFest San Diego) and the host (that’s us!) – and that is it!  Enter in the form below, only the winner will be contacted.  Nobody gets your email or any contact information before, during, or after the giveaway – the only person contacted will be the winner – and only to get you your awesome prize! Best of luck to all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.  San Diego Deals and Steals is not responsible for prizes lost in the mail or incorrect physical or email addresses. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States, age 18+. One (1) winner will be selected. Winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner must respond to me via email within 24 hours or an alternate will be chosen. If you have any additional questions, contact Kate – kate(at)sandiegodealsandsteals(dot)com.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps discount tickets

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik


Our family loves Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla.  Birch Aquarium is a must see for San Diego visitors and even for locals!  We haven’t been in quite a while and I think it might actually be time to go back again – yay for an awesome deal from Living Social! Right now you can get TWO admissions to Birch Aquarium at Scripps for only $19!   The beautiful two story kelp forest has recently reopened, if you have not seen it, it is truly beautiful and unique.

Birch Aquarium La Jolla

Grab a certificate now – you have until June 30th to redeem.

2nd Sunday – fun FREE events in San Diego!

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik


Second Sunday is a great day to spend a day in downtown San Diego!

Your family can enjoy FREE admission at The New Children’s Museum Downtown – it gets really busy as the day goes on – but we love to get there early and hang out for a couple hours and then go to lunch.

Still looking for something fun and budget friendly after lunch?   You can also check out a FREE concert at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park!

Enjoy ~ Kate