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Free Kids Activities in San Diego!

Posted by Brittany White on Jan 14, 2016 6:01:46 PM

    Ah, the holidays. A time of giving, of spending time with family, and spending the money. Between travel, family gifts, office gift exchanges, having to buy a last minute present for that neighbor that sent you a fruit basket, and holiday dinners, it adds up quickly. No doubt, the holidays don't leave much wiggle room in the budget for post-December entertainment. But never fear! Dance to EvOLvE is here to make sure broke bored in San Diego now that January is here.

    For starters, if you're near Mission Hills, you can bring the kids to scenic Balboa Park, close to downtown San Diego, where there's lots to see, whether it’s the talented street performers, beautiful gardens, or even heading in for Free Museum Tuesdays! Balboa Park has something for everyone in the family, even the dog! Nate’s Point is a cool, well-maintained off leash dog park in the heart of Balboa, where lots of San Diegans bring their pups. Your four legged pal is bound to make some friends, and bonus, you get to pet all the dogs you want! Pro tip, go in the mornings, there are lots of puppies there.


              Look at these cuties!


     A fun family friendly museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown, has free daily admission for anyone under 25, and free for all ages on the third Thursday of every month. It's conveniently located within a two minute walk from the America Plaza trolley station. The trolley, but the way, is an excellent activity for the kids. Who knew preschoolers and kindergarteners would 

    Just a hop, skip and a jump away is Mission Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches in San Diego, where there’s lots of space to set up camp for the day, have a picnic, a sunset bonfire, and watch the SeaWorld fireworks on summer nights. There’s a bike trail, and another off leash dog park too, Fiesta Island. Bring a flashlight if you go to Fiesta later in the day, it gets dark early nowadays!

    Closer to Point Loma? A five minute drive from Liberty Station is the Pearl Hotel, where the Dive-In Theater is offered. Every Tuesday, guests can gather around or lounge in the vintage oyster shaped pool, and enjoy kid friendly favorites like Elf, Frozen, or a Christmas Story. It is recommended that you make a table reservation for your family in advance, and while tableside viewing is free, pool access requires a drink purchase. Showtime is 8:00 PM!

    It’s a well known fact that food tastes better when it’s free. For tons of free samples, check out the Little Italy Mercato Famer's Market every Saturday morning! One of the largest weekly farmer's markets in San Diego, free samples of delicious fresh prepared food and farmer’s finest fruits, good music, family friendly arts and crafts for the little ones, are spread out over several blocks. This is also a great way to expose your kids to different fruits and vegetables without having to prepare a whole meal!


                                                        A most plentiful bounty.


      For the cheese enthusiast, go tasting at Venissimo, where delicious cheeses from around the world are sold. This is a great way to discover new ingredients for your grilled cheese sandwiches, without breaking the bank! We all know kids love cheese, so let them sample some more exotic varieties like manchego, chimay, or little boy blue.

    Got a pair of binoculars at home? Take the kids to the Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, and spend the day doing some bird watching! An extra fun twist, bring some colored pencils and a sketchbook along, and take turns drawing the colorful birds you’ll see. All done bird watching for the day? Take a hike! No, really, this place is great for hiking, and has some seriously spectacular views.

  If you’re looking for some springtime landscaping inspiration, the San Diego Botanical Gardens have got you covered. On the first Tuesday of every month, free admission is offered, and family friendly bonus: if you have more than four people in your car, the parking charge is waived too. Score! There's lots of green space to run around and play in, as well as tons of rare and exotic flowers to ooh and ahh at, so this is bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike! 

    Looking for a park experience that just keeps on giving? Sunset Park near San Elijo offers 19 acres of free kid friendly activities, with walking trails, lots of green space to run around, playgrounds aplenty, a soccer field, volleyball and basketball facilities, a picnic area, and a dog park, you’d be hard pressed to run out of things to do here.Kids_activities_Sunset_Park_San_Elijo.jpg

   Last, but certainly not the least, there are free children’s dance classes happening in all of these areas! In Grantville, at the Party Fitness Studio, in San Elijo, at the San Elijo Park & Recreation Center, in Liberty Station at the new Kid Ventures, and in Mission Hills, at RISE Studio. All of these locations feature our EvOLving Dance Days, where our instructors offer free classes! This is a chance for your kids to try out several types of dance for free! We will be collecting donations benefiting the Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. The minimum suggested donation is $3.00.

And feel free to schedule a risk free trial dance class at any of our locations, so you can see what kind of dance your little one likes best!

Schedule A Trial Dance Lesson in San Diego

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Welcome San Elijo, Grantville, and Mission Hills, to the Dance to EvOLvE Family!

Posted by Brittany White on Dec 16, 2015 8:46:58 PM

As the temperatures drop in our sunny San Diego, family-friendly activities are slowly moving indoors. The sun goes down earlier, the evenings are chillier, and kids have more and more time off from school for the holidays. But never fear, we at Dance to EvOLvE have got the perfect activities to keep your little ones moving and happy, at three new fabulous locations!

San Elijo

At our San Elijo location, the San Elijo Parks and Recreation Center, classes start in January, but registration is open now! Find us at 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos 92078. Parking is free, and a trial class is too! Sign up for a risk-free trial class, and we’ll help you find the class that best fits in your family’s busy schedule. San Elijo is home to tons of great family friendly attractions, like it’s proximity to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, lots of sweet camping spots, and a 2-mile stretch of one of California’s most beautiful state beaches. 


Dance to EvOLvE’s high-quality San Elijo dance classes for kids are just one of the many must-do’s of the area. Our kids dance classes are very affordable, and it’s been proven that dance classes for two and three year olds improves motor skills, self esteem, and socialization. Registration funds are collected online through the recreation center’s website, or at the San Marcos Community Center’s front desk, located at 3 Civic Center Drive. Exact cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted. 


Grantville, San Diego is a historic part of town, close to Allied Gardens, Serra Mesa, and Mission Valley East. As one of California’s oldest communities, Grantville is easy to navigate by Friar’s Road, Mission Gorge Road, or easily accessed by San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System’s Green Line.


Being a hop, skip and a jump away from Mission Valley Shopping Center and Fashion Valley Mall, this is a great location to sign up for Dance to EvOLvE’s kid-centric dance classes if you want to drop the kids off while you pick up some holiday cheer. Find us at Party Fitness Center, 4659 Mission Gorge Place. We’re here on Fridays, from 10:45am-12:30pm. This location features free parking, but don’t forget to pack a reusable water bottle or two, as this dance studio has no water fountain on site. Right now, Grantville’s classes feature a 10% discount on registration fees, and there’s our educational development days, which feature free classes as well. As this is a location where Dance to EvOLvE personally handles registration, there are two auto-renew options for your enrollment in children's dance classes. The monthly option automatically renews your registration each month, while the semester option auto renews after each semester. Don’t want auto-renewal? That’s totally fine! Just make sure to cancel by the 25th of each month, to avoid fees for the following month.


    Our other new location in Mission Hills opens in February of 2016. We’ll be bringing down the house at RISE Studio, 2971 India Street. Mission Hills has something for everyone, with great restaurants and boutique shopping, perfect for picking up a bite to eat after working up an appetite in dance class. Registration is open now, so reserve your spot today. Feel free to contact us for updates on Mission Hills kids dance class offerings, or if you have any questions on our attendance and enrollment policies. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our new locations.

Shop around, with 13 locations and 50 classes per week, we at Dance to EvOLve hope you find something that fits your needs perfectly to get your little one moving for the holidays! A session of dance classes makes the perfect gift for your toddler so make sure to spread the word! Now you will have an answer when the aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparents asks "what do the kids want for Christmas this year"! 

Happy Holidays! 

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