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Leap Day Family Fun

Leap Year means there’s an extra day on our calendar this month! So, how will your family spend this extra day together? Don’t give in to your regular routine—do something out of the ordinary to celebrate! If you’re locked in to Monday commitments (you know, work…school), either set aside a few evening hours or make Sunday, Feb. 28 your family’s official Leap Day. We won’t tell. Here are some suggestions.

Take a Field Trip

Have a Snow Day at Laguna Mountain. Discover more snow-covered destinations near San Diego.

See a movie in luxury at Cinépolis in Vista, La Costa or Del Mar, The Lot in La Jolla or Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain.

Get your “leap on” at Rockin’ Jump in Miramar.

Make the world a better place. Get dozens of fun, easy ideas here.

Take a self-guided tour through the unique Stuart Collection at UC San Diego.

Go rock climbing at the brand new Mesa Rim facility in Mission Valley.

Have a tea party at home or at a local shop. Here’s a list of San Diego’s favorite tea shops.

Play laser tag at Miramar Speed Circuit.

Take a day trip to Julian or a nearby city. Get ideas here.

Visit one (or several) of San Diego’s amazing museums at half the cost from Feb. 1–29. Pick up a Museum Month Pass at any Macy’s store to receive half-off admission.

Indoor Family Fun

Make Beignets in honor of Mardi Gras or any day you want a special treat. Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas shared their delicious recipe.

Play leapfrog with the kids—fun for all ages!

Print your favorite photos and spend the afternoon scrapbooking.

Make discoveries at home with DIY science experiments.

Have a potato sack race. Note: this can be done indoors with pillowcases if you don’t happen to have a potato sack handy!

Have a family cooking competition. Pick an ingredient and see who comes up with the best dish. Dinner solved.

Spend the day in your PJs, watch movies, eat popcorn, play games and order takeout.

Did you know? Leap Year keeps our modern Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.



Lisa Gipson is San Diego Family’s managing editor. She wishes she had an extra day every month!

Published February 2016

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