Photo by: Brainiac® Foods

As we gear up for Back to School after a year of frenzied schedules and hours on Zoom, it’s more important than ever to fuel our kids’ bodies and minds with healthy snacks to help set them up for a successful school year.

Brainiac® is a new snack brand that pulls double duty by providing delicious and nutritious snack favorites like applesauce, bars, yogurt and nut butters with added Omega-3s and choline – vital nutrients for brain health, focus and attention that are often lacking in our kids’ diets.

Brainiac® Applesauce Squeezers are the perfect school fuel – made with seasonal, non-GMO and 100% US grown apples, with no added sugar, and packed with brain and immune boosting nutrients. Each pouch has 160mg of Omega-3 DHA/EPA, 120mg of choline and 25mg of Vitamin C (100% of the recommended daily intake for kids ages 4-8). The resealable BPA-free pouches make them easy to throw into a lunchbox or bag for afterschool activities.

Brainiac® Applesauce is now available at Walmart Supercenter nationwide and comes in three kid-approved flavors: ‘Mega Apple, Apple-Cinnamon and Apple-Strawberry.

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*while supplies last

The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) in Balboa Park.

From dinosaurs and fossils to live animals and rare books, there’s something for everyone. Families will love the unique, interactive exhibitions that span four floors. A giant-screen theater offers daily showings of adventure and nature films, included with paid admission.

The Nat’s newest photography exhibition, California Blooming, focuses on how climate change is affecting wildflowers in our state. Living Lab, also recently opened, brings visitors face-to-face with live animals like lizards, geckos, frogs, beetles, snakes, and even a bee colony. The Backyard play space allows little learners (ages 0-5) to expand their horizons and learn and explore the natural world through play.

Can’t visit in person? The Nat hosts regular “live lessons” for kids via Zoom and has a Nature to You loan program that allows you to check out taxidermy specimens for your home or classroom. Learn more at

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.232.3821

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Get ready for a one-of-kind adventure on America’s Living Symbol of Freedom. The USS Midway Museum, on San Diego Bay, is one of the world’s most popular and exciting naval ship museums. Dedicated to providing engaging and educational experiences, a visit to Midway not only lets guests enjoy more than 80 years of naval aviation history, but discover what it’s like to be a pilot.

Together, families can experience firsthand the legacy of this amazing aircraft carrier museum through Midway’s extensive collection of restored military aircraft. The museum’s flight simulators and virtual reality experience put visitors in the pilot seat. Guests will also be captivated by the ship’s award-winning audio tour and the world-famous Midway volunteers will bring the flight deck to life with gripping stories of launching and landing naval aircraft as well as tales of high-seas adventure.

The Battle of Midway Theater will transport guests back to 1942 through the eyes and voices of American heroes to relive how the Navy turned the tide to victory in the Pacific during World War II.

Kids can also earn their Junior Pilot Wings through fun onboard activities that will let them become naval aviators. Midway is a family-fun adventure!

USS Midway Museum
1355 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 544-9600

Let us help you get ready to go back to school! We believe science is in everything, and education is the foundational starting point for discovery and curiosity. Whether you need hands-on workshops for an entire classroom, virtual lessons, individual student activities or curriculum support for teachers, we’ve got you covered. All the experiences created by our science educators are designed to bring out your inner scientist and facilitate learning both in and beyond classrooms—and there are lots to choose from!

  • Hands-On Workshops for School Groups
  • Engaging Youth Programs
  • Interactive Experiences for Homeschool Groups
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • And more!

Our interactive learning experiences can be hosted at the Fleet, at schools throughout San Diego County and in the community. For more information or to register for any of our engaging programs, visit our website at or call our Education Team at (619) 238-1233 x806.

Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-238-1233

Photo by: Diana Stern

JCC’s Club J is a high quality, inclusive, post-school program that cultivates a welcoming and respectful environment for all. Our specialty enrichment classes prioritize stealth learning, safe socialization, building self-esteem, and above all, FUN!

Families choose up to two enrichment classes for their child(ren) to attend per day, M-Th. Shabbat activities are provided on Fridays.

Transportation available from local schools: Curie, Doyle, Kavod Charter, & Spreckels

To download our Club J Family Guide, CLICK HERE.

Club J starts Monday, August 30!
Available for Grade TK-5.


Camp 365 Club J at the Lawrence Family JCC

Pacific Ridge School, serving grades 6-12 in North County San Diego, is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, agility, and courage to serve them in young adulthood and beyond.

In our middle school, students learn new ways of thinking and communicating, tackling real-world issues that require collaborative solutions. Given support from caring and experienced educators, middle schoolers can get comfortable with themselves, take risks, develop their voice, and build key academic, social, and emotional skills needed for high school and beyond, all while celebrating who they are and who they are becoming.

Our upper school prepares students not just for the rigors of college, but also to launch purposeful, personally fulfilling lives.  Students spend classroom hours conversing around the Harkness table, collaborating in the science lab, creating in the studio, writing across disciplines, sharing ways to solve math problems, and becoming fluent in world languages. Outside of class, they lead service groups, play sports, engage in community issues, travel to worldwide destinations, and enjoy the close-knit friendships that flourish in an inclusive community.

Students that pass through our doors are empowered to make positive change in the world, and we enable them to do so with creativity and confidence.

Pacific Ridge School
6269 El Fuerte St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: 7604489820

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For parents, back-to-school season is more than just shopping for school supplies and new clothes. It’s about setting your child up for success in the upcoming school year. Many things can impact your child’s academic performance—from the foods they eat to the friends that they make. Did you also know the air they breathe can affect their success in school? Poor air quality may cause health problems like fatigue, headaches, allergic reactions, and other types of irritation that can detract from your kiddo’s ability to focus on learning.

The good news is that improving the quality of the air that your child breathes is not as out of reach as you may think. Molekule air purifiers don’t just collect indoor air pollutants, they destroy them. In fact, Molekule’s Air Mini and Air Mini+ purifiers are even FDA-cleared for medical use to destroy viruses and bacteria. While you can’t control the indoor air quality in your kids’ schools,Molekule air purifiers can help improve the air they breathe at home while they make their way to the head of the class.

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Click here learn more about Air Quality & Covid-19.


Welcome to a very special model railroad museum located in Old Town—truly a hidden gem in San Diego. We recently adjusted our business model to provide a safe environment for our guests. We are now open for Private Experiences. You can reserve your private experience on our website, which will last 45 minutes for the whole group (maximum of 10 people). You will have the entire museum to yourself!

Each Experience will include a private tour guide who will explain the art of model railroading, the history of our 2,000 sq. ft. layout, and show you how the trains and features work. This is an engaging way to see the museum and a unique experience not to be missed—even if you have been to our museum before. The museum will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each group.

Use code REDTRAIN10 for 10% off your booking. Expires December 31, 2020.

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
2415 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 299-9015

For over 20 years Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch has been serving our wonderul community of Ramona, CA. Our pumpkin patch is family owned and operated and we our proud of what we have created in the “valley of the sun”. We are lucky that Ramona is the hidden gem of San Diego County, the best place to get a taste of the country. Our ranch is the perfect place to social distance, 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm starting September 26th and running through October 31st.. This year we will be offering our famous corn maze, pony rides, corn cannon, and petting zoo. Along with all of those activites you can come find the best pumpkin to fit your carving or tasting needs. We can’t wait to see all of the familiar faces as well as some new comers. We believe we are a great place to create new and lasting memories with your family and friends.  We wil be seeing you all at Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch.

Mountain Valley Ranch
842 CA-78
Ramona, CA 92065
Phone: 760-788-8703

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Learning Spaces starts in-person classes August 28th, 2020, offering conveniently located classroom style campuses with professionally supervised independent study supporting all distance learning, homeschooling and other remote education programs. Kids will be placed into consistent peer groups per grade with distanced desks (aka “Pods”), dedicated broadband, and monitoring/assistance for the school day, followed by optional enrichment, tutoring or athletics programs.  Facilities are staffed with certified teachers as well as camp counselors plus medical and security personnel.

Benefits include a focused academic environment along with social time yet still keeping within safety guidelines or group size and distancing.  The program operates daily between 8AM – 5PM between August 28 to June 11 for the 2020/2021 school year and can be weekly drop in or the entire school year.  In many ways it is superior to traditional school structure. Available to grades 1-12 supporting all local school districts, private schools and home-schooling programs.  Operated by, a 501c3 nonprofit, costs for parents are kept at the lowest possible rates averaging $25/day for a full school day program.  Free school lunches provided for qualifying families.

Enrichment programs provided by Encore Creative Arts Camp include Archery, Guitar, Coding, Culinary, Photography, Magic, Gardening, Theater, DJ, Arts & Crafts, Acting, Dance, Chess, Filmmaking and more.

Learning Spaces
8253 Ronson Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (888) 920-7920