Wednesdays get a bad rap for being the toughest “hump” day of the week. But we’re proving this day doesn’t have to be an uphill climb! We’ve found 10 super fun ways your kids can jazz up and breeze through a Wednesday––from strolling through a peacock filled ranch to soaring through an aerial yoga class and much more. Read on to see where to plan a mid-week perk.

photo: San Diego Botanic Garden  

1. Arts and Crafts at San Diego Botanic Garden
It’s never too early to foster a green thumb and that’s just what you’ll do by visiting San Diego Botanic Garden on Wednesdays for Arts and Crafts hour. Kids ages 1 – 6 get to participate in a craft that often involves plant potting. Free with admission or membership, you and your mini gardener will love soaking in the gorgeous surroundings before and after your arts and craft project.

Read our guide to the San Diego Botanic Garden here for more of their fun, family-friendly offerings.

Ages: 1 – 6
Cost: Free with cost of admission or membership
When: Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, Ca 92024
Online: sdbgarden.org/kids

2. CryBaby Matinee at Angelika Film Center
Pass the popcorn! Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain offers Crybaby Matinees where you needn’t worry if your baby needs a feeding or has a tantrum. The lights are set to dim and the volume is turned down to accommodate moms and little ones. Who knows? Your babe may just sleep through his first trip to the cinema!

Ages: All
Cost: $8.50/Adult; Babies free
When: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Where: Carmel Mountain Ranch, Angelika Film Center
11620 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, Ca
Online: angelikafilmcenter.com

3. Toddler Time at Dove Library in Carlsbad
Ain’t no party like a toddler party! The good folks at Dove Library know that it’s not always easy for the three and under set to sit quietly and flip through books, so every Wednesday they host Toddler Time: 30 minutes when kiddos can discover the winning combination of music, movement and books!

Ages: Walkers to Age 3
Cost: Free
When: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
Where: Dove Library, 1775 Dove Ln., Carlsbad, Ca 92011
Online: carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/library/events/default.asp

photo: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

4. STREAM Stations at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
You’ll love watching your pint-sized scientist discover new and exciting things through STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) stations at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. The setting is an outdoor art studio and participants get to flow from one station to the next. Each station relates to one of the museum’s exhibits.

Ages: All
Cost: Free with admission
When: Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m – 1:15 p.m.
Where: 320 North Broadway Escondido, Ca 92025
Online: http://sdcdm.org/stream-stations-1?date=201711221215

photo: Trilogy

5. Aerial Classes at Trilogy
Everyone can use a little extra Zen in their life and Trilogy Yoga isn’t just offering it to adults. Kids classes on Wednesdays include areial yoga, an amazing practicie that encourages students to excercise, play and connect to their own intuition. Of course, children are naturals!

Ages: 7-12
Cost: $25/drop in
When: Wednesdays, advanced level: 3 p.m, 4 p.m., level 1: 5 p.m.
Where:7650 Girard Avenue, Suite 401, La Jolla, Ca
Online: trilogysanctuary.com/trilogy-kids/

photo: A Colorful Universe’s Facebook Page

6. Sculpting at A Colorful Universe
Up your clay modeling game with a drop-in class on how to work on a clay wheel and create your own plate, bowl, mug, vase, or anything of your choosing––the possibilities are endless! Your selection will be half-fired to a ceramic piece that will be ready to paint! Clay and supplies are provided; you only have to bring yourself and your creativity Your universe just got a lot more colorful!

Ages: Must be potty trained to drop-off
Cost: $20
When: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: 1523 San Elijo Rd., Ste. 106, 92078 San Marcos, Ca & 2670 Via De La Valle, Suite A160, Del Mar, Ca
Online: acolorfuluniverse.com

7. Free Pancakes at IHOP
Want to turn any random Wednesday into something special? Make a trip to iHOP where kids 12 and under can enjoy one free kids meal, including the Create-A-Face Pancake, with the purchase of an adult entree from 4-10 p.m. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?

Click here for 23 more places in San Diego that kids eat free!

Ages: 12 and under
Cost: free with adult entree
When: Wednesdays, 4-10 p.m.
Where: locations vary, see online
Online: IHOP.com

photo: Mint Studio

8. Music, Movement and Art at Mint Studio
Voted Best Craft Workshop by San Diego Magazine, Mint Studio is the place DIY dreams come true. Bring your pint-sized crafter in to Music, Movement & Art on Wednesday mornings when classes are dedicated to developing toddlers’ and preschoolers’ love and understanding of various types of music from classical to rock-n-roll through song, dance, instruments and movement. This unique music class also includes an art project, a story, scarves, rainbow ribbons, parachutes, puppets, bubbles and more. You can try your first class free!

Ages: 3-5 (must be potty trained)
Cost: $30
When: Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: 5965 Village Way Unit 105, San Diego, Ca
Online: mintstudiosd.com

photo: Tian Reed Photography

9. Leo Carrillo Ranch
Brighten up your hump day by visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch. This Carlsbad working ranch is secluded in the heart of a magnificently landscaped 27-acre canyon and designated a historic park which contains romantic hand-crafted adobe buildings, antique windmills, a reflecting pool and enough beautiful trees and flowers to keep budding nature-lovers busy and delighted. Visiting Leo Carillo Ranch with kids is like discovering a treasured, hidden gem. From oodles of prancing peacocks to authentic ranch and farming equipment, a trip to “Carlsbad’s Sleeping Beauty” is positively dreamy.

Ages: All
Cost: Free
When: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln.
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
Online: carrillo-ranch.org

10. G3 Kids
Work the wiggles out at G3Kids, a gymnastics-based athletic program and interactive learning academy. A variety of both traditional and trendy gymnastic classes are available on Wednesday that will give your little one just the right amount of brain stimulation and physical activity they need to power through their hump day with a smile on their face. From parent and child classes to drop-off childcare; G3 kids offers options for all ages.

Ages: All ages
Cost: Prices start at $10, see website for details
When: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 929 Garnet Ave. San Diego, Ca
Online: g3kids.com

Where do you and your kids hit the town on Wednesdays? Share in the comments below!

––Aimee Della Bitta