Business Spotlight May 2014
Indoor Playground for All Ages Opens in Santee
“Urban Jungle is a massive indoor playground metropolis filled with fun and adventurous activities and structures built for kids of all ages,” says Bob Krause, founder and general partner. “We’re part amusement park and part playground all mashed together into one super fun place.”
Bounce on a 2,000 sq. ft. trampoline, scale a miniaturized skyscraper, race through an inflatable obstacle course, slip down a mega slide, crawl through a 14-level play structure, climb a rock wall and play life-sized video games on a 10-foot screen. There are parent lounges with free Wi-Fi, a snack shack and birthday party packages.
“We made sure that everything we offer our younger guests could be equally enjoyed by teens, young adults and parents as well; unlike some places where the parents sit in total boredom and wait for their kids to finish, they too can join in on the fun and release their true inner child,” says Krause.
Urban Jungle Fun Park
8711 N. Magnolia Ave. #300, Santee
Explore the Science and History of Air and Space Travel in Balboa Park
“Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum—California’s official air and space museum,” says Jessica Packard, marketing and communications director.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world. Visitors to the vast museum in Balboa Park have the chance to experience the history of flight from the beginning, including a working replica of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, through the advent of space travel and beyond with exhibits of the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world.
“The museum also offers interactive exhibits including MaxFlight® and F-35 simulators, 3D/4D movie theater, a special kids zone, plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions. Currently on display is Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” says Packard.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza (Balboa Park)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Robotics for Elementary Children
“Smart Mind Robotics is unique because it brings a complete STEM program to elementary school children,” says Baltazar Perez, director. “Many middle and high schools have had robotics programs for some time, but there aren’t many of these programs for children as young as 2nd grade. Our students begin building and programming from day one and we bring everything needed to the school.
“Children will build and program using the latest in robotics technology and software developed by LEGO and MIT. Plus, they always work in groups, helping them gain team-building skills, and work efficiently to solve challenges,” says Perez. The program he started as a club at Liberty Elementary in 2011 has since grown to include 18 Chula Vista schools.
“All children are welcome to enjoy our Spring and Summer Robotics Camps,” Perez says. Students can receive special discounts to Legoland and exclusive invitations to Jet Propulsion Laboratory and free robotics events.
Smart Mind Robotics
807 Anchorage Pl., Chula Vista
Mission Valley Church Nurtures Faith Through Children's Ministry
“Our children are the present and future of the church, and through intergenerational events and small groups, our children will learn the foundation of faith and want to walk into a deeper relationship with Jesus,” says Laura Schwarcz, director of children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church of San Diego.
“What makes us unique is that our children participate in the beginning of worship before going to Sunday school,” she says.
Located in Mission Valley, the church offers a variety of activities for the whole family, such as year-round Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, week-long sleepover camp, special holiday activities, children’s and youth choirs, special classes for parents and guardians and parent’s night out.
This year’s Vacation Bible School is July 14–18 (for kids age 4 yrs. through 5th grade). The theme is Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind. For more information, visit their website.
First United Methodist Church of San Diego
2111 Camino del Rio South
County Parks and Recreation Department Provides Activities and Services for All
“We offer thousands of events and programs at more than 100 parks and facilities throughout the region. From camping and sports programs to ranger-led hikes and summer movies in the park,” says Brian Albright, director, County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.
The County’s award-winning park system includes local, regional and camping parks, more than 300 miles of trails, fishing lakes and ecological and open space preserves.
“The Department of Parks and Recreation operates and manages more than 45,000 acres of parkland and eight historic park sites that foster an appreciation of nature and history. Park facilities are open year-round and departmental programs enrich the lives of all patrons with a special focus for families, seniors, people with disabilities and at-risk youth,” Albright says. “Our vision is to be a park and recreation system that is the pride of San Diego County.”
Visit their website to sign up to receive monthly events via email.
County of San Diego Dept. of Parks and Recreation
5500 Overland Ave., Ste. 410
Updated: May 2014
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