The Franciscos were due for some 2017 spring travel. Topeng chose San Diego this time around in just in time for the flowers blooming in Carlsbad's flower fields. He also was excited to test the Lumix LX100.
We arrived April 2, Sunday at East Village. It was our first time getting an AirBNB and it was not bad. Likes: near Grocery Outlet, has kitchen and laundry. Dislikes: not that child safe (the stairs lead directly to the bedroom) and parking (but I guess this is the case for any downtown location, it also includes parking which although far saved us several $$$. After settling in, we walked to Burger Lounge to get dinner.
Monday was spent in San Diego Zoo. We got the 1 Day Plus ($58/adult, free for kids under 3) which includes all the features of the 1-Day Pass (One visit to the San Diego Zoo®, Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus --hop-on/hop-off 4 stops, Skyfari aerial tram, and all regularly scheduled shows), plus choice of one 4-D Theater experience.
I was a bit apprehensive about getting the "plus" because the last time we took Lily to a 4-D show (Ice Age in Central Park Zoo, July 2016), she got scared/overwhelmed and probably was not ready for it. This time she was ok with it...still couldn't keep the glasses on but she watched Rio intently. We were able to use all of the inclusions of the pass (except for the scheduled shows) but we were not very systematic so there were places on the map that we passed more than once.
Tuesday, we went to Sea World. More animals but sea animals this time.:p We thought the package/ticket with All Day Dining, Reserved Show Seating and Photo was a good deal but was not able to maximize it as much as we thought we would.
I'm not really sure how the Reserved Show Seating works but we were not able to use it when we watched a couple of shows (Killer Whale Presentation and Dolphin Days) probably because we arrived late. At first, it was hard to gauge whether Lily liked the show because she was not as talkative but was munching away on some snacks as usual. Either she takes after me (aka NR) or her parents are just much more excited that they had to make sure that she sees what's happening.:))
She did remember the dolphins/whales the following days.:)
She really enjoyed the Sesame Street Bay of Play which has a splash pad, toddler trampoline and photo with Sesame Street characters. They should have put that farther from the entrance because she had too much fun that she didn't want to leave to see the other exhibits and main attractions.:))
All Day Dining gets you an entree (mostly fast food options),side/dessert and drink in 1 hour intervals and excludes snack items so we shouldn't have been greedy given that we were going to the beach after a couple of days.:))
Also, Lily was still small for most of the rides so we didn't have as much photo options.
Wednesday, we got lunch from Jollibee then headed to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad. It seems like main attractions are not really Lily's thing since she gets attracted to the playground and food the most.:)) After some picture taking, I completed the stamp collection, supposedly for kids, by myself. The stamp collection could have gotten me $1 discount for the mining activity but did not avail it since they only take cash, same as the food stalls.
Friday was spent in downtown to avoid traffic during a street event. The Children's Museum is walking distance from where we were staying so we spent most of the day there. I was worried that we won't be able to see the entire place again because when Lily sees something she likes, she won't leave.:)) Fortunately, she seems to like everything...sandbox, cars, magnets, clay sculpting, painting, books, coloring fishes. I hope I remember to replicate these activities at home instead of screen time.
Saturday, before we drove back to Tucson, we had lunch at Goldilocks and got some other much craved Filipino treats and pasalubong in the area. We lost all the weight from all the walking those past few days but gained them all back (and more) during our Goldilocks binge. :))