FAMILY CONNECTIONS & MORE
Playgrounds, Nature Clubs & More
"The best gift you can give your child is to be present." Cindy Little
There are many wonderful resources in San Diego to help parents unplug and connect with their kids. Many of the groups listed below focus on exploration in nature as a way to tap into the creative and curious spirit of a child. Check to see which ones are operating in some capacity during Covid-19.
Mobile literacy program that provides one-on-one reading support and motivational incentives to kids. Kids
earn Book Bucks, which can be redeemed for prizes, keeping them excited and motivated to learn, as well
as teaching money management
skills. Visit their website for
schedules and locations.
A welcoming and non-judgmental group. Free Forest School hosts FREE events where young children and their parents or caregivers meet to explore and play together in nature. Share a snack, take a walk, play outside, and have circle time. Parents get a chance to unplug and step back… Kids and their imaginations take the lead. This group is growing like a wild forest!
Kids love to build and Home Depot likes to show you how to do it! Kids will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Check out more details, register and find out about future workshops.
Sign up for a Baketivity subscription and you’ll receive monthly boxes bursting with new recipes, activity booklets, and your favorite easy-peasy baking kits, delivered right to your door. Finally, a fun-filled subscription box made just for kids—-perfect for mini bakers, cookie-lovers, and family time.
Know of others groups that might be good to list?
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DURING COVID-19 WE ALL NEED THIS
You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time. They also offer many, many resources for guidance and support as you navigate privacy and safety in all you do online.
FARMERS MARKET IN THE LA MESA VILLAGE
COVID UPDATE - At this time we cannot have Rodney at the market. He is just going to hide out in his chicken coop for now and we hope he will return in the future! Check back later please.
I call it an IRL (In Real Life) community playgroup. Whatever you call it...Unplug, play and connect and get out into the community with your little ones! Kids can search for the market mascot Rodney Rooster who will be hiding in a different vendor booth each week. They can look for clues and once Rodney's been spotted, they get a prize! Stick around for an easy nature craft, play in our version of "Fort Night Friday" or try "Adventure Tasters" where kids get rewarded for trying one new item a week. Take it farther with "Rodney Time" where kids can complete challenges at home and be rewarded for type spent off screens. Crafts are mainly geared towards ages 0-8 but we often have games like over-sized Jenga as well. The market is open from 3 - 7pm on Fridays near La Mesa Blvd and 3rd Street. Brought to you by the Unplugged Village in partnership with Brian's Farmers' Markets.
"The Search for Rodney Rooster is great. Seeing the kids
faces light up was wonderful and it definitely brought in
some additional sales. Thanks!! "
"People look at every booth, and we get good customer
reactions. Fun for kids"
"Good for kids and families= Great for the Market"
Join the Search for Rodney Rooster!
FINDING RODNEY DURING COVID-19
Rodney is hunkering down in his chicken coop
with his ladies during these tough times. Rumor
has it though, that a cut-out version of Rodney can
be spotted at about 10 of the local Little Free Libraries
in La Mesa CA. It's good to get outside for a bit as long
as we practice social distancing and wipe down books after picking one up. This "sort of" scavenger hunt, is
a way to get a little fresh air and change of pace while
we get through these tough times! Once the public
health situation improves we'll let you know when
Rodney will be out and about at the market.
Market Customer Survey Results Jan 2020
Of those who searched for Rodney, 92% said they “Loved it”
100% enjoyed the Unplugged Booth activities
80% indicated they would be very likely to come back
"My kid talks about this all week!"
"Thank you for this great idea, we need more like it!"