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The clean slate of a new year gives us all high hopes for making changes. Since we’re so lucky to live in America’s Finest City, we’re starting with home sweet home for turning over a new leaf or two in 2018. Make this the year you take time to explore and experience all San Diego has to offer! We’ve got 6 resolutions for San Diego parents and dozens of ways to make these goals a reality. Read on for your next adventure.


photo: Courtesy of Yoga Six

Resolution #1: Exercise More & Have Fun With Fitness

Get active and have a blast as a family in San Diego’s sunny outdoors. From kayaking with sea lions and leopard sharks to catching a wave surfing, check out our guide to local family fitness adventures.

Taking a hike is both a revitalizing visit to nature and good exercise. Our city is home to tons of hiking excursions that are kid- and family-friendly. See our favorite 11 hiking trails for kids.

Om, stretch and pose your way to better health and some inner zen at these yoga studios with classes for babies, kids, tweens, teens and families.

Climbing the walls literally and metaphorically? Harness that energy at one of several stellar rock climbing walls.

If your little one is too young to join in your fitness goals, we’ve rounded up 10 gyms and studios with childcare.

Got a kid who wants to work out off the beaten path? These 7 offbeat classes for adventurous kids will be right up his/her alley.

photo: Family Road Traveled via Yelp

Resolution # 2: Take the Kids on More Adventures

Take your wild child to paraglide over the Pacific and hike Torrey Pines––an outing they’ll never forget.

Go on a mission to find out more about dinosaurs. Hint hint: we tell you 11 dino-mite places you’ll be able to explore and learn about the massive beasts.

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Little kids love the thrill of flying a kite. Grab your kite and head to one of these 5 best spots for soaring one in the sky.

If one of your resolutions is to spend less, be sure to check out our guide that features more than a dozen free or cheap activities to do with your kids in San Diego.

photo: Chad McDonald via Flickr

Resolution #3: Explore the City

So much to do in your hometown! Put it on your to-do list to go see these 11 quirky only-in-San-Diego spots to visit with the kids.

Young train lovers and explorers of any age will go loco to get on board these 5 local train and trolley adventures.

Sip a glass of wine while the kids play at these nearby family-friendly wineries with perks for kids.

Take your animal aficionados to discover 5 mammals that call San Diego home. We show you exactly where to spot them in the wild.

Break from the daily routine by soaking up the most spectacular scenic views across the city.

If your tyke loves planes, trains, ships, cars and trucks, we’ve got the lowdown on 10 adventure-fueled pitstops for transportation-crazed kids.

Go bask in an expansive, breathtaking secret garden minutes (but also a world) away from San Diego.

photo: Beth Shea

Resolution #4: Spend More Time in Nature

Look up at the stars and put a twinkle in their eye at one of the best places to stargaze into the night sky.

Get up close and personal with and feed the gorgeous, friendly animals at the Children’s Nature Retreat.

Finally plan that camping trip you keep wanting to take. Here are 11 campsites perfect for families, where to have the best beach camping trips and, if camping outdoors isn’t your thing but your kids still want the experience, we’ve got you covered with 5 glam trailer hotels that offer camping with a cozy twist.

Do you head to the beach enough? Make 2018 the year you enjoy the many amazing, nearby beaches that line our coast. Here’s our list of the 7 best family-friendly beaches in San Diego.

Life may not always be a picnic, but we sure know where to have the best one. Check out our guide to picnic/park pairings: where to pick up food and put down your blanket

photo: Christiana Rivers

Resolution #5: Go on More Dates

No babysitter? No problem! Newly opened Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen has an on-site playroom for your kids.

On a budget but need to get away for the night as a couple? See our guide to having a frugal but fulfilling overnight date in La Jolla.

Meet your gal pals at one of our favorite wine bars to toast a night on the town.

Go on a fun and romantic day date while the kids are at school! We show you where you cool cats can play while the mice are away.

photo: Leah Singer

Resolution #6: Shop Local

Support local farmers and businesses by shopping at the array of wonderful farmers markets that crop up all over the city.

Put a different spin on supper by picking up new gourmet spices from our fave local spice shops.

See where local celebrity chef and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian likes to eat, drink and be merry all over San Diego.

Support small business owners and fuel up on delicious brew at a local, kid-friendly coffee house.

Shop on Etsy to browse the adorable wares of San Diego mom artisans and score unique gifts.

What are your resolutions for 2018? Share in the comments.

––Beth Shea

featured photo: Filios Sazeides via Unsplash