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Summer Fun for Families
Valérie Dufort-Roy | Klish Way

What are your family’s summer plans? Discovering a new country? Summer camps? Or a relaxed summer staycation? If so, are you planning to visit the zoo, Birch aquarium, Legoland, Boomers, the beach…? Have you wondered what you could do in your own backyard or just a few minutes’ walk from your home, right here in Del Mar?

Here are a few ideas, from my family to yours!

Little Free Library with Del Mar rocks.
Photo Valérie Dufort-Roy.
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1. Go on a treasure hunt and discover Del Mar’s Little Free Libraries, housed in small outdoor bookcases, and find the hidden gems in these four micro-libraries. My daughter is enjoying Bad Kitty’s stories, my mother-in-law found a DIY greeting cards book, and I am happily reading a biography of marathon winner and Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi. You can locate the Little Free Libraries where you can also trade or donate your finest readings on www.LittleFreeLibrary.org. Ours are on Luneta Drive (near Avenida Primavera), on La Amatista (near Nob Avenue), on Stratford Court (near Stratford Park Circle), and on Mango Drive (near Calais Drive).

2. Embrace the family offerings from the Del Mar Branch Library. Beyond the baby and toddler story times, let your child discover his or her inner Yogi, enjoy music time and a Hullabaloo concert, meet a raptor… There is even a Bubble Mania event! Elementary grade children can attend the science class “Matter Minds” led by high school students from Canyon Crest Academy. Check the calendar on page 19 for a partial list of Del Mar Library Kids activities.

3. Is your family composting yet? The summer is the time to start. Composting is a fantastic opportunity to discuss decomposition, growing your own food, and reducing trash. Most notably, composting generates healthy soil, plants and a safe garden for your children to play in. First, explore the “compost bin voucher program” offered by San Diego County. Prefer to DIY with a trash can and a drill? Just Google search for it. The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation offers composting classes.

4. Head to the Del Mar Plaza. July’s schedule shows live music every Thursday at 6 PM. Reserve your spot online for the July 6 Ping Pong tournament for children and adults. Participate in the Lil Tritons Club on July 17 for a Hullabaloo concert followed by a free meal for the children at Il Fornaio or Pacifica Del Mar.

Plaza schedule

5. My 8-year-old and her friends have created bug- sized backyard improvement projects. They loved gathering all the needed supplies: bark, mulch, flower petals, and leaves for a butterfly landing path, snail shelters, wash basins for ants. Should your children identify crickets in need of a trampoline, you may require the professional services of a budding architect.

Wishing all our neighbors a fun summer with their little ones!

The newly-opened children’s bookstore, Sandcastle Tales, located at 1414 Camino del Mar, offers free activities for children. This photo is from their website: www.sandcastletales.com.
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