Sometimes navigating a kid-loaded minivan makes us parents feel rather unglamorous, especially when driving past an upscale shopping center. But if you’re passing by the Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar, you may want to pull into a parking space for a few hours of shopping and relaxation. This center offers an upscale shopping experience, but in a kid-friendly environment. So pull over the minivan, get out the kiddos, and spend a few hours shopping in Del Mar.
Where to Shop
Sweetpea Children’s Shop: Sweetpea has beautiful kids clothing that ranges from infant to young child (perfect when you need to buy clothes for two kids with different age). The boutique offers everything from infant clothing and accessories to “Moses Baskets” and diaper bags.Tip: Sweetpea is a great place to buy a birthday or shower gift since free gift wrapping comes with every purchase.
Pigtails & Crewcuts: It’s often tough to get the little ruggrats to sit still for a much-needed haircut. Between your shopping errands, stop in to Pigtails & Crewcuts to get your kiddo a trim in a fun environment the little ones will love. Haircuts are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. There’s a train table and lots of toys to play with if there’s ever a short wait (mostly on weekends).
Beach Bungalow Designs: If you want some inspiration to beautify your home or your kid’s bedrooms, check out Beach Bungalow Designs for some interior design eye candy. The owners offer their design expertise in selecting bedding, upholstery, window treatments, and furniture that reflect your kiddo’s personality. If you’re not ready to redesign an entire room, Beach Bungalow sells accessories, including adorable frames, pillows, and artwork. Tip: Ask about a free in-store consultations.
Modish Maternity: While this boutique primarily sells stylish maternity clothes and nursing wear and accessories, they also offer a hip collection of jewelry that isn’t exclusive to pregnant moms. Tip: In-store alterations are included with every purchase. That means that after baby comes along, you can have all your stylish maternity clothes altered to fit your post-baby body.
Where to Eat
If you’re tired from the shopping and want to sit down and be served, try Milton’s Deli for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open seven days a week, Milton’s offers a grew menu for both adults and kiddos. The best part of dining at Milton’s is the tables covered in white butcher paper. While parents can enjoy a meal, kids can entertain themselves by drawing all over the table with crayons.
If the wee ones won’t sit still for lunch, try some less formal options in the Promenade including Chipotle and Burger Lounge. Both restaurants offer lots of indoor and outdoor seating, and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, head to Yogurtland for self-serve yogurt. FroYo is always a hit with the little ones (and moms too).
Where to Play
When shopping and eating are done, let the kiddos burn off some energy in the Flower Hill Promenade play structure. Just outside of Geppetto’s Toys store is a play structure on rubber-cushioned surface geared for kids 5 and under. Tables with chairs and large umbrellas, as well as a long concrete bench on the side of the playground, provide shade and nice place for parents to relax.
You can also make your way into Geppetto’s Toys where kids are encouraged to play with the different toys and demo the two train tables.
Insider’s Tip: If you’re having trouble finding a parking spot, check behind the Whole Foods and find a space in the three-story, four-level parking garage. There’s also valet parking on the west side of the mall.
Flower Hill Promenade
2720 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, Ca 92014
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Written and photographed by Christina Q. Cross