Fun and Affordable Fall Kid-Friendly Activities in La Jolla

autumn-leavesAs the school season heats up and the weather cools down, it can be a challenge finding new and educational ways to entertain your children over weekends, particularly with the colder weather meaning beach days are going to start becoming few and far between. We’ve made it easy for you by compiling some fun and affordable fall activities that are perfect for a weekend kid-friendly activity in La Jolla, whether you’re looking for an Autumn-infused day that celebrates the great outdoors or one that encourages a mixture of socializing and learning for your children.

Have a Bake and Crafts Day

With school back in full swing and the holidays coming up again, a jaunt up to Julian for some homemade apple pie and cider may be out of the question. So how can you get that fall vibe in sunny La Jolla while entertaining the kids? Have a bake and crafts day. Before visions of flour and glue spread all over your kitchen walls fills you with dread – don’t worry. This day is easy – paper leaves and caramel apples.

What You’ll Need for ‘Paper Leaves and Caramel Apples’

First, send the kids out into the yard to find the biggest leaf they can while you prep the kitchen. When the caramel-covered apples are cool, but not hard, call your kids into the kitchen to add their personal touch to their apple by pressing the candies and nuts into the caramel.

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Not in the cooking mood? You’re in luck. Balboa Candy, Sugarfina, and See’s Candies in La Jolla all have an array of sweet treats. Take the kids and let them pick out which kind they want.

Now, back to the craft portion of the day. Chances are, the leaves your kids found are not the typical fall colors of crimson and orange since La Jolla’s warm weather means the leaves don’t change dramatically in the fall. To turn your house into some fall splendor, you’ll first need to have bought some thin white paper. For this arts and craft, kids put the leaf under the paper, and then color over it lightly with a crayon of their favorite fall color. This process gets the veins, stems, and outline of the leaf. Cut the leaf shapes out and hang them around the house for some fall décor.

Turn Sunset Views into Photography Lessons

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Fall is a prime time for some of the best sunsets of the year in La Jolla. Have some family bonding time on the beach to watch the sunset with a twist – a photographic one. Buy a disposable camera for your children that has film inside it. Encourage them to use up the camera taking pictures of the sunset while explaining the concepts of composition and lighting to them. If snapping pictures from the La Jolla Cove, encourage them to find some critters within the rocks to take pictures of, too.

Book Club for Kids

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Get your children back into the school spirit of learning this fall by encouraging them to start their own kid’s book club. Have your son or daughter pick a book from one of La Jollas Warwicks, DG WIlls Books, or Deseret Book, and make invitations to invite their friends over for a book club play date. Make the date several weeks away so everyone has a chance to read the book. Then help your child come up with questions to talk about the book with their friends. Depending on the age, these may need to be as simple as “what was your favorite part” as opposed to “what was the symbolism of this character”. Have a kiddie cocktail drink and snacks ready and follow up the book with the movie version of the book (if it has one), or another fun activity, as children are going to have a limited attention span for discussing a book outside of school.

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: October 5th & 6th

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It’s officially fall and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Oct. 5th

22nd Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Crystal Pier
The long-running Pacific Beachfest takes Over Crystal Pier Saturday with beach sports, fish tacos, craft beer, and oodles of live music. The “Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest” runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; for $10 attendees can sample lots of tacos at this part of the festival. Meanwhile, across three stages, attendees will enjoy live, local music all day including the blues/rock/funk group the Routine.

Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market: Pumpkin Festival
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Bates Nut Farm
Bates Nut Farm hosts its Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market showcasing upcycled, restored, vintage, and handmade wares including jewelry, soaps, fine art, woodworking and more. Over at the farm’s pumpkin patch, visitors will find the Pumpkin Festival complete with fall decorations, tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and food vendors. Admission is free, but it costs $5 to park at Bates Nut Farm on the weekends in October.

Sunday, Oct. 6th

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; bring your own mat.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: October 5th & 6th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,695,000
3BR/2.5BA

-Open house Saturday, 10/5 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Daniel Albrecht 858-926-8779
-Open house Sunday, 10/6 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555


Maxine and Marti Gellens | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties:

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 5662 Dolphin Place
Details: $3,930,000. 2BR/3BA. Oceanfront sanctuary showcasing panoramic views of the ocean, night lights, city & coastline!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1267 Olivet Street

Details: $1,895,000. 3BR+Bonus/3BA.
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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Where: 341 Mesa Way
Details: $4,980,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Indulge in La Jolla’s luxury coastal lifestyle from this stunning, custom crafted contemporary in Lower Hermosa!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 6565 Norman Lane

Details: $1,695,000. 5BR + Bonus/4.5BA. Beautifully remodeled 5 bedroom home in Del Cerro with sweeping panoramic views!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: September 14th & 15th

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The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Sep. 14th

San Diego Blues Festival
12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank hosts its 9th annual San Diego Blues Festival along downtown’s waterfont. The family-friendly fest will feature nine musical acts across two stages, plus food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and local craft beer, wine and cocktail vendors. General admission costs $35; kids age 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. All proceeds will help support the San Diego Food Bank and its North County chapter; attendees are also encouraged to bring canned food donations. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will have a booth at the Blues Festival; stop by and say hello!

6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Holiday Park
Craft beer enthusiasts, this one’s for you. More than 40 craft breweries and cider houses will come together for the Carlsbad Brewfest this Saturday at Holiday Park. Music, entertainment and food will round-out the event; general admission tickets cost $55. New this year: several local brewers – including Culver Beer Co., Burgeon Beer Company, and Pizza Port, to name a few – have collaborated to create West Coast IPA that’ll be released at the fest. Cheers!

Sunday, September 15th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 17th & 18th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Dona Aumann
858-752-7531
MLS#190001042
220 Coast Blvd. #1B, La Jolla
$1,345,000
2BR/2BA
Open house – Sunday, 8/18 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Team Chodorow – Open House Schedule:

Saturday ONLY 1-4PM
– 6643 Aranda Avenue  $2,575,000

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Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM

– 5631 Bloch $969,000 0-2

– 8555 Nottingham Place  $1,799,000
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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: July 6th & 7th

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The weather is perfect, this first weekend of summer is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, July 6th:

Food Truck Friday
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s “Food Truck Friday” rolls into the landmark again this week, a summertime series centered on tasty local eats and laid-back family fun. The weekly event brings a rotating selection of about a dozen food trucks to Plaza de Panama and El Prado Walkway every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As visitor grab food from vendors, they can also enjoy live musical performances, dancing, and activities for the kids hosted by various Balboa Park organizations. Bonus: some participating museums in Balboa Park will host special evening hours and programs on Fridays, too, so after enjoying Food Truck Fridays, you can stick around to peruse a museum or two.

Sunset Sessions
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 10 Barrel Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing pub in downtown’s East Village hosts another installment of its summer “Sunset Sessions,” where patrons can enjoy free live music on the rooftop alongside their pints. This Friday, musician Greg Buddeman will provide the tunes. Get there early to get in on Happy Hour specials, including $4 beers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunset Sessions runs every Friday through August.

Sunday, July 7th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

Getting Your Coffee Fix in La Jolla

It might be a bit rainy this weekend, but don’t worry, there’s always a good cup of coffee to keep you warm. Here are just some of our favorite spots.

Brick & Bell: 
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The Brick & Bell Cafe is housed in a 100-year old red rustic brick house along Siverado Street, and has been a favorite hangout spot since 2003. A few perks to Brick & Bell include their famous scones (which they serve up to 1,000 per day), their early bird-friendliness (they open at 4am on weekdays), their casual and friendly atmosphere, and their tasty and affordable cup of Joe! No wonder it’s a town favorite!

Girard Gourmet:

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla bakery, deli and restaurant serving up freshness for breakfast, lunch and dinner- and they just recently celebrated their 30th year of being in business! This is the perfect spot to grab a fresh pastry, and enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Open daily at 7am, Girard Gourmet. Located on Girard Avenue in La Jolla village, Girard Gourmet is also a catering favorite for La Jolla residents and businesses.
Harry’s Coffee Shop:
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Harry’s coffee shop has been making visitors and coffee lovers happy since 1960. This Coffee Shop was the brainchild of Harry Rudolph and has been in the Rudolph family for more than 60 years. In addition to the delicious food and coffee, the unique collection of paintings and comfortable booths will put a smile on your face, guaranteed! Grab a friend, and go on down to Harry’s!
Goldfish Point Cafe:
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Coffee AND a view? Say no more – we’re in! Goldfish Point Cafe overlooking La Jolla Cove and the La Jolla caves offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and pastries. Grab a cup, and hit the beach. Or if you prefer sandwiches and box lunches, the offer that as well. Goldfish Point Cafe in La Jolla delivers to La Jolla businesses, La Jolla hotels and La Jolla residences daily from 8am-3pm.

San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: January 26th – 27th

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From nature walks to restaurant week, this San Diego weekend is jam-packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

All Weekend: San Diego Restaurant Week
Hours & Restaurants Vary
It’s the (second) happiest time of year! San Diego Restaurant week is here! From January 21st – 28th, 180 participating eateries will be making customers across San Diego very happy. Restaurants will be offeing special prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus featuring two to three courses. Prices and specials vary. Bon appetit!

All Weekend: Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Sunday, January 27th :Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.