As a single mom in the city of San Diego, I am always on the lookout for free or inexpensive activities. Over the years we have found our city’s libraries, and Parks and Recreation Centers have wonderful programs and events for all ages! Here are a few events that are coming up throughout February in North Park and City Heights:
At the North Park Recreation Center located at 4044 Idaho Street, you will find something for the kids, mom and dad, and the grandparents! Call 619-235-1152 for more information on these activities and more:
Father Daughter Dance
Friday, February 10, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
$5.00 per person
Youth Indoor Soccer
Saturdays, 3pm to 5pm
Instructor: Recreation staff
North Park Senior Dance
First Friday of the month, 1pm to 3pm
$2.00 per person
Musical Theatre Classes
Voice, Dance & Acting Camp Classes
Fridays 5pm to 8pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 3pm
8 to 17 years old
$5 per Class
Teen Cooking Class (Healthy Recipes)
Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 5:30pm
11 to 17 years old
Each Thursday, from 3pm – 7:30pm the North Park Farmers Market is bustling with vendors offering locally grown veggies, prepared foods, arts and crafts, fresh flowers… You may also meet chefs from local restaurants, and enjoy live music. Find the Farmer’s Market at 3000 North Park Way (between 30th Street & Utah).
Ray at Night is a monthly art walk held on the second Saturday of each month from 6pm to 10pm. This free monthly gathering encompasses all that North Park has become known for: great food, awesome art, talented artists, amazing music, and friendly neighbors. Ray at Night takes over the 3000 block of Ray Street, just south of University Ave. It is perfect for date night, or a fun family outing to break up the mid-week grind.
Finding events in City Heights has been challenging. I must admit, that I have lived in the neighborhood for four years, and until I started writing this blog entry, I did not realize that we leave our neighborhood quite a bit for family friendly activities. So, I am now challenging myself to find free, or inexpensive events and activities right here in my neighborhood. I love that City Heights is diverse and a true melting pot of cultures. The face of City Heights is changing daily, and it is exciting to be a part of it!
The City Heights/Weingart Library hosts Baby and Toddler Story Time. Every Friday in February, 11am to 11:30am. Babies 0-18 months, and Toddlers 18-36 months. Call 619-641-6100 for more details.
City Heights Farmers Market Every Saturday, 9am – 1pm. Come out and support local farmers, restaurants, and artists. The City Heights Farmer’s Market is small but mighty! There are often guest vendors offering a variety of free lessons, story times, and live music. Located on Wightman Street, between Fairmount Avenue and 43rd Street.
Do you have a little mechanic at home? Bikes del Pueblo is a collective that provides tools and assistance with basic do-it-yourself bicycle repairs. This non-profit is run by community volunteers, and does not charge for repairs or services, but they do accept donations to keep them up and running. Check them out on Saturdays 9am-12:30pm at the City Heights Farmers Market, and on Wednesdays and Fridays at the PopUp Lot at the corner of El Cajon Blvd. and Central Avenue.
Who knew about City Farmers Nursery?! With the slogan “A little bit of country in the heart of the city”, this gem is San Diego’s largest organically maintained nursery, they have animals that you can visit, and often hold classes on everything from beekeeping to gardening. If you are looking for unique gardening products, or simply some free growing advice, give City Farmer’s Nursery a visit! Located at 3110 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105. Open Tuesday – Sunday 9am to 5pm. 619-284-6358
If you know of any family events taking place in North Park or City Heights, send me a quick note! I would love to check it out and spread the word!
I am beyond thrilled to be guest writing on San Diego Deals and Steals. I have been following Kate and her beautiful family for a few years, and started blogging publicly last year. I am not an expert at anything, so when I decided to start a blog I knew that it would be based on what I do know: My life as a single mom. My intention is to write short blog entries about what me and the kids are going through, snippets of our crazy life; in hopes that mom’s like me will come across Faux Pas of a Single Mom, know that they are not alone, and through all of this we can laugh! Everything will be OK!
I am mom to two rad big kiddos, Averyelle 21, and Sumo 13, and two doggies Sparky Love, and Rocky Wrinkles (yes, my dogs have last names). I pay the bills as an Account Manager for a large pharmacy benefits management company, and drive Lyft a few hours a week. On my spare time I love to write, attempt to crochet (newest hobby), volunteer with Baja Animal Sanctuary, and daydream about owning a children’s boutique someday. It is a pleasure to meet you!! –Sabrina