Waterfront Park’s south fountain (County of San Diego)
Free stuff to do in July!
It’s the summer of coronavirus – and to keep it from spreading we’re staying home more, foregoing big vacations and looking for new ways to entertain and educate kids who have been home for months.
Well, here’s some good news. There are still some great, fun, free or inexpensive things that kids, families and adults can do in July.
For example, you can swap out those big vacations for some shorter, nearby, get-outside, socially distanced adventures at County parks and trails! Virtually tour cool museums, watch science experiments, or learn how to grow stuff, or make stuff.
Here’s just some of the cool things you can still do in July:
County Parks and Recreation Department
Become a Track Trail-er at seven County Parks: Track trails lets kids and their families take self-guided tours on trails at seven County parks and earn rewards for “tracking” their progress in a brochure, then reporting them online by smartphone, laptop or computer. Reach certain milestones and win nature-related prizes, including magnifying glasses, backpacks and bandanas.
Track Trails can be found at Felicita County Park, Guajome Regional Park, Lake Morena County Park, Lindo Lake County Park, San Dieguito County Park, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and Stelzer County Park.
Hit the splash pads or fountains: You don’t have to go to the beach to enjoy the water. You can cool off at the splash pads at Hilton Head County Park in El Cajon and Sweetwater Summit Regional Park in Bonita. Or visit our fantastic fountains at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego.
Hike the Loop Trail at the Santa Ysabel Nature Center: While the nature center is closed, you can still hike the loop trail at the new, LEED-certified nature center.
Go fish: Cast your fishing pole from shore or by boat at Lake Morena County Park in Campo. You’ll be hooked! (Note: Check the webpage for fishing and boating fees: http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/LakeMorena.html)
Bike: the 22.5-mile Bayshore Bikeway that travels on roads, trails and paths from the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego to Coronado and back. Check out the video to see the ride: https://bit.ly/2Oe0d2b.
Wander: among the trees and grassy meadows of Oakoasis County Park in Lakeside.
Picnic and climb (if you’re hardy): to the top of Volcan Mountain in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve in Julian – a scenic and somewhat tough 5.5-mile roundtrip hike.
SD Nights Returns – Virtually! SD Nights (Safe Destination Nights) has been giving teens safe places to play and interact after school and during hours they may be unsupervised. Starting Friday, July 17, SD Nights will give them a safe place on the Internet with a series of Facetime live and Zoom events. Check the website for details: (http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/news-events/news-stories/CreatingASafeDigitalSpaceWithSDNights.html.html)
Summer Movies in the Park — comes to your home! The County’s popular Summer Movies in the Park is turning into Summer Movies at Home, starting Saturday, July 11, with the “Trolls World Tour” movie. You can stream the movie (available on Amazon Prime, On-Demand and Redbox) and download our interactive activity kit for Trolls-themed activities, including a DIY rubber band guitar, a musical scavenger hunt and a rainbow popcorn recipe. To see the rest of the Summer Movies series, check out the Parks website (https://bit.ly/38Lf0L3), or its Facebook page (https://bit.ly/3fm90Lw).
From Live Well San Diego Partners
Check out the Live Well Virtual Events Calendar: There’s tons of events listed here (https://www.livewellsd.org/content/livewell/home/live-well-every-day/VirtualEvents.html).
Run (or walk) the Live Well 5K – virtually – and/or take part in the Live Well 5K Fitness Challenge: Register to walk or run a 5K on Sunday, Aug. 16, submit your time to be added to the virtual race and pick up a free, limited edition Live Well 10th Anniversary cap (https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanDiego/LWSDVirtual5K). The 5k Fitness Challenge (https://www.livewellsd.org/content/livewell/home/livewellsd5k.html) starts July 13 and finishes Aug. 16 with the virtual run/walk. Exercise can boost your immune system, so join in and maintain a good defense against the coronavirus with Live Well!