Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Break in San Diego

We spent a very busy six days in San Diego over the Easter weekend with a great time had by all.  Legoland was top on the agenda...I can't say enough good things about this place.  They really know how to entertain the four to ten-year old demographic; kids who are often too young to appreciate Disneyland.  Instead of all rides and standing in lines, the park is full of creative play areas where parents can relax while the kiddies run some stink off themselves.

Our second day was spent visiting with Kirsteen's family.  Brendan's Grandpa and "Grandma Rosary" (Rosemarie) came down from Santa Barbara while we visited Uncle Keith and three of his cousins.  Declan, the youngest of the clan, seemed to enjoy having Brendan follow his every move.

For Easter Day, it was off to Balboa Park and the Fleet Science Center.  They've got an amazing amount of hands-on fun for kids and adults alike.  We also got to see the Hubble movie on the IMAX screen.  Brendan's review:  "THAT WAS THE MOST AWESOME SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN!!!"  Not far off the mark, I'd say.  Along with an upclose view of a shuttle launch (the same launch we saw in Florida last year) it includes a spectacular three-dimensional tour of the Orion Nebula.

Then, just as we were about to leave the science center, the earthquake hit!!  Woohoo, it was more exciting than scary, but we did hightail it outside just in case.  To me it felt like being in a parking garage as a heavy vehicle drives by...just a gentle up and down motion.  Another experience to cross off the bucket list.

Our last full day was dedicated to Sea World...another great place for young kids since it's not all rides.  Brendan loved feeding and petting the bat rays.  We almost left with a series of rainstorms hitting the park early on and most of the shows being canceled, but then it cleared up and we ended up shutting the place down with "Shamu Rocks" and a fireworks display.

We went back to the Science Center for a couple of hours on the last morning.  It was total zoo then since it was "Free Tuesday" during spring break.  Then it was off to "follow the brittlebush road" (Interstate 8) home...the highway is having a spectacular wildflower bloom nearly the whole way.

1 comment:

  1. Earthquake wow! I remember the first few I felt when I moved to San Francisco. The higher up you are the more it feels like you are being shaken around or the ground gets mushy kinda thing. It is cool to experience at least once. I also have super fond memories of spring break in San Diego! Ocean Beach, Sea World, the Zoo, all of it was always such a fun treat! -Elana