Hellooo, Summer! June 21st marks the summer solstice, both the longest day of the year and the astronomical start of the summer season. San Diego is jumping into the season with a splash, and we found a full slate of exciting, appealing and educational activities for everyone in the family. Caregivers in San Diego and their elderly in home care charges will appreciate the Brain Longevity Workshop in La Jolla, plus the opportunities to drive a real train, sit in a Marine Corps plane cockpit, and show off a classic car. And don’t forget the jewel of summer in San Diego, the Big Bay Boom, is coming up on Fourth of July! We’re lovin’ summer in San Diego!

Open Cockpit Days

  • What you can expect: “Every other weekend during the summer the Flying Leathernecks Museum hosts Open Cockpit Days. Cockpits of select aircraft will be open so kids and adults can experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective at these free, family friendly events. Visitors are also able to strap into an ejection seat, try on a helmet, talk to pilots and try their luck with an “I Spy” activity. The 2019 Open Cockpit Day Dates are June 22nd & 23rd, July 6th & 7th, July 20th & 21st, August 3rd & 4th, August 17th & 18th, and August 31st & September 1st.”
  • When: June 22 & 23, 2019. Cockpits of select aircraft will be open between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the Saturdays and Sundays listed above.
  • Where: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Avenue, San Diego, 92145
  • Tickets: Free admission
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Fairy Festival 2019

  • What you can expect: “Calling all young fairies! Come celebrate summer at San Diego Botanic Garden. Wear your fairy costume or come just as you are. Take pictures with the Fairy Princess, leave your wishes at the Wishing Bush, visit the Fairy Land Market, and make a variety of fairy themed crafts to take home. Enjoy child friendly live entertainment with Twinkle & Friendsand Ruth & Emilia. PS – No adults in costumes please!”
  • When: June 22, 2019, 10am – 4pm
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
  • Tickets: Free with paid admission or membership. Small fee for crafts.
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Brain Longevity Workshop

  • What you can expect: “Learn about the latest evidence-based research, conducted by leading universities, on how to prevent and even reverse cognitive decline through lifestyle changes. This 2-hour workshop is intended to educate people of all ages about lifestyle choices they can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including dementia. Learn the latest research on risk factors, diet, supplements, exercise, as well as hands-on mental and physical brain stimulation techniques.”
  • When: June 27, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Where: La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, San Diego, 92037
  • Tickets: $20 for members, $30 for non-members
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La Mesa Classic Car Show

  • What you can expect: “The La Mesa Village Association is proud to host this year’s La Mesa Classic Car Show featuring pre-1974 cars, trucks, and vans! The event will feature DJ’s and live bands located at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd, and an award giveaway at each event honoring the night’s best cars. The 2019 La Mesa Classic Car Show will take place each Thursday from 5 – 8 pm starting on June 6th and running through August 29th. Note, there will not be a Car Show on the 4th of July. To participate in the Classic Car Show, you can download & print the La Mesa Classic Car Show Registration Form, or you can obtain a registration form from DJ, Mike Ryan, on 3rd/La Mesa Blvd. on Thursdays (beside the First Republic Bank). Place your registration form on the windshield of your car so it is visible to the judges. Registration is free!”
  • When: June 27, and every following Thursday through August 29 (except July 4), 5pm – 8pm
  • Where: Third St and La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA
  • Tickets: Free to attend, free to register your classic car!
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Be A Train Engineer

  • What you can expect: “The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association is proud to announce the return of its ever-popular Engineer for an Hour program. Climb into the cab of a vintage diesel locomotive with one of the San Diego and Arizona Railway’s certified engineers and operate a piece of railroad history! Participants will get to sit in the engineer’s seat and operate the locomotive after a quick instructional session from one of our engineers.  Sound the horn and ring the bell just as railroaders have done for decades.  Feel the rumble of the powerful diesel engine as you notch up the throttle.  Bring the locomotive to a gentle stop using the locomotive’s air-operated brakes.  Those wishing to take the controls must be at least 16 years of age.  A maximum of three people may split the hour of operating the locomotive, but only two of those people may be present in the cab at one time.  All participants will receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.  As an added bonus, participants who are not already members of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association will have a free individual level membership included with their Engineer for an Hour purchase!”
  • When: June 29, 2019 and following Saturdays through September 22, 2019, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Where: 750 Depot Street, Campo, California 91906
  • Tickets: PSRMA Members – $175, Non-Members – $200 (includes PSRMA membership!)
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