Fun

Main Street


Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
Cinépolis has 4DX as well as regular theaters. A 4DX theater features moving seats, spraying mist (optional), and special glasses that provide the effect of three dimensional viewing. Pretty cool!

Click on a movie show time to purchase tickets and choose seats. Or purchase tickets at the kiosk in front of the theater.

The Junior auditorium has a play structure, two slides, and a playpen area. Kids get to play before the show starts and during the intermission.

The entrance hall is now a video arcade. Anyone can enter and play or buy snacks.

Half Price Tuesday

25 Main St.


Cold Stone Creamery                 Delivery
Ice Cream Made Fresh
shakes, fruit smoothies, ice cream cakes & pies
Signature CreationsTM…     Birthday Cake Remix
Our Strawberry Blonde, Banana Caramel Crunch
Cheesecake Fantasy, Apple Pie a la Cold Stone
Berry Berry Berry Good
Mud Pie Mojo, Delicious Dirt, Cookie Minster

Daily 11 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday to 11 pm
30 Main St.       across from Cinépolis Cinemas


Little Cakes Kitchen                 future orders
Two Time Cupcake Wars Winners!!!
Cupcakes, custom cakes, desserts for special occasions
Red Velvet, Vanilla, Boston Cream
Cheesecakes, Brownies, Holiday
Vegan & Gluten free options

Daily 11 am – 7 pm
Friday & Saturday to 8pm * Sunday to 5 pm
30 Main St.

4/23/2023
Recently they had a dozen of the cutest variety of little cupcakes all ready to go in sets for $19.99… which I picked up for a friend’s birthday. They say… baked from scratch. Too adorable.


Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream                 Menu
Local flavors       4 scoop sampler
Peppermint Bark, Vanilla, Fudge Ripple Brownie
Praline Pecan, Salty Caramel Truffle, Key Lime Pie
Strawberry Cheesecake Chunks, Monkey Business
Ice Cream Sandwich
Handel pops, ices, vegan sorbet

Daily Noon – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday to 11 pm
207 Main St.


AVO Playhouse
Theater available for rent
for community events.
303 Main St.


Vista Village Gazebo
Free 24 hours
Main St. & Michigan Ave.

Vista Village


The Wave Waterpark
Water slide, lazy river, competition pool, simulated wave, little kids area. Surf Spot Grill offers snow cones, pizza & more. Hiring 16+ years old.

Waterpark Calendar shows the waterpark mostly open June through August 10… then weekends until September 8.     Friday Night Splash is 4-8pm on select dates (dark purple).

Swim Lesson Calendar shows swim lessons April through August.

Wanna have a swim party?         Birthday parties
Cabanas are available for rental.         Park Rentals

Tickets and Season Passes
Rentals, Swim Lessons, Surf Camps


101 Wave Dr.


Discover Vista Village
Main Street & Downtown Vista
events like Vista Rod Run, Winterfest, Christmas Parade,
Taste of Vista, Fright Night on Main St., Mariachi on Main,
Vista Night Out


Vista’s Broadway Theater
340 E. Broadway — parking lot across the street

Summer Drama Camps … all camps full.

Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, Finding Nemo
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 101 Dalmations!

This year at Vista’s Broadway Theater…

Upcoming Events

A Doll’s House
4/6 – 4/21
Comedy / Drama
Lights, Camera, Action!
5/3 – 19
Musical Review
Mass Appeal
by Bill C. Davis
5/31 – 6/16
Comedy / Drama
A Hot Night
at the
Blue Hotel
9/6 – 22
Musical
The Belle of Amherst
10/4 – 20
Historical Drama
Over the River
and
Through the Woods
11/8 – 24
Comedy
Dottie and Digger’s
Country Christmas
12/6 – 22
Musical

Tickets / Seating Chart

Walking Distance to Main Street


Skateparks
400 N. Santa Fe at Orange Ave.
510 N. Santa Fe at Connecticut Ave.


Civic Center Park
This park has some California Natives and other low water plants, trees, & bushes. One of the reviews describes a fun game to play there.

Up the hill next to the
Vista Library and Vista Civic Center.


Vista Library                       Events               Hours
700 Eucalyptus Ave.

Downtown Vista


Downtown Vista Events Calendar
DowntownVista.org

Vista


The Vista Press – Calendar


Moonlight Theater         video
Awesome musical theater with outdoor seating
Most shows are on summer evenings.

A few weeks before Christmastime, there was a free
event there for a few weeks… Jingle Terrace. It was too fun.

All year round they usually have something coming up… including July 4th fireworks show (get tickets early because they sell out).

The menu at Moonlight’s Bread & Cheese Eatery features a veggie grilled cheese – delicioso!

Right in the center of Brengle Terrace Park
1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista         directions

This year at the Moonlight Theater…

2024 Season
May: Into The Woods (PG) 5/1-18
Jun: Escape to Margaritaville (PG-13) 6/5-22
Jul: School of Rock (PG-13) 7/10-27
Aug: Beautiful – Carol King Musical 8/14-31
Sep: Tootsie 9/11-28
…not Mondays/Tuesdays

May: Mariachi Divas, 60’s Sounds
June: Midtown Men with stars from Jersey Boys
August: Jose Feliciano & Tito Puente Jr., 90’s House Party
October: Disco featuring members of the Village People

Tribute bands
May: Neil Diamond
June: ABBA, Chicago
August: Beatles
October: Taylor Swift, Oingo Boingo/Elfman

Shows & tickets
It’s possible to buy tickets in person at VisTix noon to 5 pm weekdays. VisTix Ticket Office is at 200 Civic Center Drive… located in Vista Civic Center. Tickets are also sold at the entrance to the Moonlight before the show.

Rent the theater


Alta Vista Botanical Gardens                 Facebook
8-5 weekdays   |   10-5 weekends
$5 adults $3 kids   |   Parking nearby

Grow Getters
10am – Noon   |   First Sunday of each Month
Join in with our horticulturist Lois Walag and learn more about propagation and potting plants.

Healing Garden Oasis is our newest garden based on the theme of Wellness & Happiness.

Yoga in the Gardens

Rent the garden   |   Weddings
Volunteers wanted

Dogs allowed but not in the ponds.
Only on non-festival days?

Top of the hill
Brengle Terrace Park
1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista


Coming soon at Alta Vista Gardens…

Earth Day Festival
April 20th Saturday 10am – 3pm
FREE EVENT

Children’s Activities 10am – 2pm
Children’s Garden

Macaroni necklaces, Clouds and Rainbows, Bubble baskets, Origami Butterflies, Worms, Trash Sorting
EARTH DAY ROCKS! paint a rock to celebrate our Earth

Vic Moraga shares song and guitar 11am – 1:30pm
Children’s Garden / Tailspin Kite Plaza

Plant Sale, Garden Advice from GrowGetters, Garden Shop – crafts and snacks, Raffle, Food for purchase from Amigos de Vista Lions, Vendors for Sweets, Shopping, and Conversation


Second Saturdays at Alta Vista Gardens……
Kids in the Garden Classes 10am – Noon

April 20 – Earth Day Festival
FREE EVENT 10 am – 3 pm
children’s nature activities, music and dance, vendors, plant sale, BBQ lunch for sale

May 11 – none
June 8 – Bugs and Butterflies
July 13 – Nature Drawing and Watercolors
August 10 – Water All Around Us
September 14 – Veggie Critters

October 12 – Fall Fun Festival
FREE EVENT 10 am – 3 pm
children’s nature activities, a scarecrow contest, music and dance, vendors, plant sale, BBQ lunch for sale

November 9 – Cooking and Nutrition – Beans
December 14 – Scavenger Hunt for Nature’s Treasures


Brengle Terrace Park
Ball fields, basketball court, pickleball court, tennis court, horse shoe pits, bocce ball court, volleyball court, rest rooms, play area, Jim Porter Recreational Center, Alta Vista Gardens, Moonlight Amphitheatre.
1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista

Pickleball
the Fastest Growing Sport in America

“Anyone from 5 to 95 can play and have fun.”
Brandon Mackie, co-founder of Pickleheads

The Vista Press



Fun Things to Do
Jim Porter Center, Senior Center, Culture Caravan
Softball, Zumba, Jazz Hip Hop, Karate
Line Dancing, Ballet, Parent’s Night Out
Learning for Kids, Pickleball, Pizza
Tea, Tennis, Yoga
City of Vista


Gloria McClellan Senior Center
Open weekdays 8 am – 3:30 pm

Newsletter features lunch calendar, events calendar
Fun activities include bingo, mahjong, bridge, knitting, painting, craft club, movies, puzzles, music, walking
Culture Caravan Travel Program

Next to Brengle Terrace Park
1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

First Friday of each month…

Vista Garden Club
back building at the Senior Center
visitors welcome


Parks
Hiking Trails
City of Vista


Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

This captivating wedding video shows off the Adobe. And, in this video of an Adobe wedding, the photographer talks about photography technique.

Info at Hidden San Diego
Dog-Friendly: No         Kid-Friendly: Yes
Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
10am to 3pm

Info at City of Vista.com
Weddings & Private Parties
Adobe Days School Field Trips

640 Alta Vista Dr. — across from Vista Civic Center


Vista Historical Society & Museum
at Rancho Minerva
760-630-0444
Wed-Thu-Fri 10 am – 2:30 pm
2317 Old Foothill Dr., Vista


BOOMERS Vista
miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, batting cages
Johnny Rockets – on-site restaurant
birthday parties, events
1525 W. Vista Way, Vista


Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
Open 10am–4pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday.
Exhibits calendar… model railroad, clocks, blacksmith, weaving/spinning
2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista


Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve         video
11.6-acre wildlife sanctuary and native plant garden
Binoculars available for birders of all ages to borrow.

Free Saturdays 9am – Noon

Closed July through October
Also closed during rain, extreme fire danger or heat, or other uncontrollable conditions.
See Anstine Facebook page for updates.

Registration recommended.
angona@sandiegoaudubon.org (858) 273-7800 anstine@sandiegoaudubon.org

2437 Hutchison Street — near Rancho Guajome Adobe

Local



Palomar College
Palomar Performing Arts
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos         Map

This year at Palomar College
Howard Brubeck Theatre or Studio Theater

2023-24 Season
Purchase Tickets at (760)214-9109
or online

April 19 Friday 5pm
Latin Nights
Salsa Class, Salsa Band and Open Dance Floor
Performances, Cuban food and appetizers
Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Bachata

Thursdays 1 pm
Concert Hour is FREE
Parking is Free in parking lots 1 & 15
during Concert Hour.

Free Concert Hour Events and other “Upcoming Events” are shown about halfway down the Performing Arts page.

Palomar College offers Dance, Music, and Theater classes.

Parking

The closest parking lot to the theaters is parking lot 15 on West Mission Road.

Concert Hour – Thursdays 1pm
Parking is free in parking lots 1 & 15.

Not Concert Hour
You will need a $5 parking pass. A parking pass dispenser is located on Comet Circle near parking lot 12.

Or take the bus. The theaters are close to the (2nd?) Palomar College bus stop.


7/13/2019
Cuisine, Culture and Cool Beach Vibes in Oceanside
HEY SOCAL


6/23/2023
Oceanside, SANDAG, and Visit Oceanside
Bring Back ‘gO’side’
Electric Shuttle Service
TIMES of SAN DIEGO


Oceanside Sunset Market
5pm – 9pm Thursday evenings all year round
(weather permitting)
food and music street fair with street vendors
featuring Dorothy’s KidZone with children’s activities
Pier View Way near the beach


Sunshine Brooks Theater     •     Events Calendar
217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

Playing in 2024 at Sunshine Brooks Theater…

Oceanside Theatre Co. takes
‘bold step forward’ with 2024 season
The Coast News


Museum of Making Music                 Events
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad


Batiquitos Lagoon
Speaker Series Second Saturday each month
10:00 am at the Nature Center
7380 Gabbiano Ln., Carlsbad

More info at Hidden San Diego
Dog-friendly, kid-friendly, free
Mon-Fri, 9:00-12:00 Noon // Sat & Sun, 9:00-3:00
Hike:3.2 mile out and back trail


South Lake Park

The park includes a mile-long hiking trail around the lake, idyllic spots for fishing, and a small parking lot.

975 Sunstone Drive, San Marcos

Related:
San Marcos Parks & Facilities Directory


Take a Hike
San Marcos’ New South Lake Park
Tecolote Canyon’s Battle Trail

“There is a small parking lot at the entrance to the lake. But take note that there are only two benches for sitting and no restroom facilities. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

Fishing is allowed at the lake with a valid license. Local wildlife include freshwater fish in the lake, including bass and bluegill, along with Western Pond Turtles and various species of ducks. The area is also visited by deer, rabbits, racoons, bobcats and coyotes.”

Luis Monteagudo Jr.

TIMES of SAN DIEGO


5/10/2023
How to Stay Safe on San Diego Trails
Expert tips on avoiding outdoor dangers like mountain lions, poisonous plants, and other hazards
San Diego Magazine

Related:
A wolf sighting in Del Mar?



3/7/2024
Mountain lion spotted on camera
prowling streets of downtown Oceanside

Police

Avoid the mountain lion and
report the sighting to the Oceanside police immediately
by calling 760-435-4911

7 San Diego


Parks and Recreation             facebook
County of San Diego

trails
camping
fitness & recreation
weddings & special events
corporate events


The Welk             tickets
Musical theater and concerts at this family friendly resort
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido

This year at The Welk…

Shows… Anthony the Magic! in August

Tribute bands… Creedance Clearwater Revival, Queen, Huey Lewis & The News, The Beatles, Eagles, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor


California Center for the Arts                 calendar
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido


Safari Park         video         facebook
February 2024 Seniors Free!

“The San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park are open every day of the year, rain or shine, including ALL holidays!” — FAQ

Roar & Snore Safaris
a sleepover adventure at the Safari Park

For a report on current Safari Park weather, click here.

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido


Legoland

60+ rides, shows and attractions for ages 2-12
LEGOLAND Hotel is in the Resort
Legends of Chima 4D™ Movie Xperience

Water Park with slides and a lazy river where you can build your own LEGO themed raft.

Next-door is SEA LIFE® Aquarium with undersea creatures, and interactive discovery zones.

1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad


3/23/2023
WATCH
Legoland California unveiled a
LEGO model of San Diego
to Miniland U.S.A.
abc 10 NEWS SAN DIEGO


The Flower Fields
Mar 1 – May 14 9am-6pm with paid admission
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad


5/10/2023
North County is Alive With The Sound of Music
From emo to punk to folk,
musicians in North County are turning up the volume
San Diego Magazine


Encinitas Arts & Culture Events


Del Mar Fairgrounds
(858) 755-1161
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar


Things to do in Del Mar
SanDiego.com


6/12/2023
‘Women in the Wild’
County Parks, Rec Using Fair to Foster
Journeys Outdoors
TIMES of SAN DIEGO


6/19/2023
A Weekend in Julian
and Points Beyond
Part 1
North County Daily Star

Related:
More pies than people
Julian, Calif., is a Gold Rush town saved by apples

A California town, known for pie
also hides an underground day trip


Ocean Beach Dog Beach
“dogs can roam off-leash”
SanDiego.com


OB Beach Cam
OB Calendar
Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association


San Diego Zoo
Special Events
For a report on current Zoo weather, click here.
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego


The Big List Of Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend
THERE SANDIEGO


7/31/2023
How to Babymoon in San Diego This Summer
Our list of the best places around the city for an unforgettable and relaxing escape before baby arrives
San Diego Magazine


2/17/2023
Considering getting into bird watching?
San Diego experts share top local spots and tips.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Related…
I stopped for coffee. Instead I learned all the
local birding hotspots and events in San Diego


San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, San Diego       directions


Fleet Science Center
Science Museum and Planetarium in Balboa Park
10 am – 5 pm

Documentary in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater
Space Gallery, Studio X, Kid City and many more exhibits
Color In A New Light
Deep Sky IMAX Documentary

Corporate Events, High School Dances
Birthday Parties, Sleepovers

1875 El Prado, San Diego


Cross Border Express                 facebook
Your Convenient Gateway Between Mexico and the US

An enclosed pedestrian skybridge that spans the U.S./Mexico border, connecting directly to the Tijuana Airport

2745 Otay Pacific Drive, San Diego

California


12/5/2023
Pixar Fest with Daytime Parade Headline
Disneyland Resort’s 2024 Slate of Special Events
TIMES of SAN DIEGO


4/18/2023
Colorful Photos Capture
California’s Dazzling Superbloom.
BuzzFeed.News

Related:
8 Less-Crowded Places to See Wildflowers


1/25/2024
Park View
Beginner Hikes in 2024
The Conejo Guardian

Related:
Cycling for Beginners
Getting Started in 2024


9/1/2023
One of Calif.’s biggest water parks is hidden on a farm road near Sacramento
SFGATE


8/30/2023
Ignore the weird name
This Calif. lake may have the Sierra’s best swimming
SFGATE

International


12/26/2023
Nayarit
a tiny gem with stunning views
in western Mexico
The Coast News


Crossword Puzzle


Sudoku Puzzle