As the clock winds down and you’re ready to flip the calendar to January, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of new year’s resolutions that will ring in a happy and healthy 2016. What better resolutions to make than some good intentions for your family. From exploring San Diego’s outdoors to having more family dinners, we’ve come up with six resolutions for a great new year.
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Plan Outdoor Family Adventures
If a family adventure is calling, then take your tribe down to Ocean Beach for a spot of pier fishing. At over 1900 feet, the OB pier is the longest on the west coast. Lucky for you, that means plenty of fish to catch! Cast off close to the shore line you’ll find perch and croakers. Hit up the middle and you’ll be reeling in mackerel, bass, halibut and more. And for those wanting to get serious, check out the end of the pier for barracuda, yellowtail and even California spiny lobster (but only in-season, October to March). The Ocean Beach Pier does not require a fishing license so there are no fees or paper work to worry about. And if you need to rent a pole or grab some bait check out the bait and tackle store mid way down the pier. There is free parking and you’ll find restrooms and a handy fish cleaning station to attend to your catch. Or if the seas haven’t been kind that day, be sure to take the kiddos to the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe for lobster tacos, fish and chips, and some pretty swoon worth views.
Ocean Beach Pier
5091 Niagara Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92107
Photo: Ulia Evstratenko via Flickr Creative Commons
Learn to Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle
If eating better is hitting the list of must do resolutions for 2016, then make sure to check out the Center For a Healthy Lifestyle. Run by the Boys and Girls Group of San Diego, this community hub is all about inspiring kiddos and adults alike to live a healthier life through cooking, gardening and education. Mini chefs ages 8-14 can take part in classes at the Youth Culinary Academy where they learn all about garden-to-table cooking and then seize the kitchen making delicious, seasonal, healthy food from the farm of the Center’s very own garden. Parents aren’t left out while the kids are cooking up a storm; there are several evening cooking classes on fast and fabulous meals, non-GMO cooking and nourished and balanced cooking. Make sure to check out the gardening club for some family bonding time while learning the basics of good quality food.
533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Solana Beach, Ca 92075
1221 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, Ca 92024
Photo: Kids For Peace Facebook Page
Give Back to the Community
There’s nothing better than teaching little minds that the world needs love and kindness and better yet, it can all start right from home. The Kids for Peace program is a global non-profit organization that encourages wee ones to create peace through youth leadership, community service, global friendships and thoughtful acts of kindness. With chapters throughout San Diego, you can join and take part in programs like the Great Kindness Challenge (a favorite), and fundraising efforts like raising bucks for beds in third world countries. Not only will you be able to get a major feel good factor after participating, you’ll be doing good for the world and mankind.
1302 Pine Ave.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
Photo: Nathan Rupert via Flickr Creative Commons
Bike Up a Storm
The family that exercises together, stays together! And a family bike ride is a great way to get those legs going and that heart pumping. Head over to Sail Bay in Mission Bay for four miles of flat and wide bike paths that hug the bay line from Ingraham Street down to Santa Barbara Cove. It’s got a much quieter pace than the hustle and bustle of the Mission Bay Beach Boardwalk so you can easily cruise along taking in the views of the bay. Make a pit stop at Fanuel Park if you need a rest and while you are it check out their playground or take in a restroom stop. (We love that they have soap and wide sinks for washing hands.) If food is calling, stop by the Catamaran Hotel for their casual dining restaurant with beautiful bay views. There’s plenty of parking at the Sail Bay Park or check out the on street parking around Ingraham Street.
Sail Bay / Crown Point Park (starting point)
San Diego, Ca 92109
Learn How to Zen Out
Learning how to relax and take a breath can be a great tool to achieving family harmony quicker than you can say, “Stop fighting and give your sister a hug to say sorry.” If I Was A Bird Yoga offers family yoga at their Point Loma, Hillcrest and Carmel Valley locations. Classes are designed based on your mini zensters aged from toddler to tween. Additional family members (mom, dad, bro or sis) can join the fun for a small fee of $5 per family member for any kiddo aged 3 and over. While you get to bond together, you’ll love that each class includes a mix of creativity, breath work, sensory elements, educational themes and music to ensure maximum relaxation. Make sure to reserve your class spot ahead of time. Memberships and enrollment for terms are available, and for any newbies you can drop in for your first class to check it all out.
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Have More Family Dinners
Sitting around the dinner table and sharing stories from the day is an easy way for a family to stay connected, but if you need some motivation to get everyone happily taking part in regular family dinners then perhaps you need to make a night of it at John’s Pizza. This National City eatery is known for its pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet. We love that the buffet style is a hit with even the pickiest of eaters. They can even make gluten free pizza options. You can choose from six themed dining rooms so let the kiddos decide if you’ll be dining cozy mountain cabin style or cartoon crazy diner style. While you are there check out fun land, with 100 games, rides and attractions, your dining companions will love burning off their pizza on the bumper cars, toddler play ground and arcade games. Credits can be purchased with a fun land visitor card. There’s also plenty of free parking.
3010 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City, Ca 91950
What new years resolutions will you be making? Let us know in the comments below!
– Lenya McGrath