Pre-Trip Fun for San Diego, California
"Getting There" -- What would your kids do if they -- like Mary-Kate and Ashley in this fun flick -- boarded the wrong plane and ended up in San Diego? (School Age to Teens)
"Bring It On" -- Your teen will cheer her way around town after being inspired by the sunny attitudes and choreography of this San Diego-based cheer squad. (Teens)
"Top Gun" -- Watch this Oscar-winning flick set in San Diego with your older kids, then see a real aircraft carrier and go on a flight simulator at the USS Midway Museum. (Teens)
"Some Like It Hot" -- Check out San Diego's famous Hotel del Coronado, where part of this 1959 comedy with Marilyn Monroe was filmed. (Teens)
Easy Guacamole -- Be sure to grab some guac -- San Diego is the avocado capital of America.
Fish Tacos -- You'll eat like a local with this unofficial dish, brought to the region by San Diego surfers who had visited the Baja coast in the 1970s.
Cheesy Tuna Melt -- The fishing murals in Little Italy memorialize San Diego as the one-time home to the country's largest tuna fishing fleet.
"A Hatful of Seuss: Five Favorite Dr. Seuss Stories" by Dr. Seuss -- Make sure to visit the beautiful community of La Jolla, where Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, who spent his career there) based many of his drawings on the windswept trees. (Ages 2 to 8)
"Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo" by Joanne Ryder -- After seeing these darling photos of Hua Mei, visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo -- it's an absolute must. (Ages 3 to 8)
"The Wizard of Oz" by Frank L. Baum -- Nearby La Jolla must be a magical place -- not only did the author of this book live there, but Dr. Seuss did too. Maybe a visit will spark your kids' imaginations. (Ages 8 to 12)
"Yo, Naomi Leon" by Pam Munoz Ryan -- Set in California, the San Diego-based author brings to life the young heroine of these Spanish-language books (this is one in a series) and her goal to overcome being "nobody special." (Ages 9 to 12)
"Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder" by Tony Hawk -- Your kid has probably imagined himself (or herself) with Tony Hawk's mad skills -- now they'll know the life story of this pro skateboarder who grew up in San Diego. (Ages 9 to 17)
Designer Flip-Flops -- Flip-flops are a must in sleepy San Diego; these do-it-yourself designs will have your kids stepping out in style.
Record-Breaking Paper Airplanes -- Have fun in the backyard, then see the real thing up close at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.