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Banyan Kitchen + Cafe

Kahana KalamaComment

Nestled in the heart of Liberty Station’s Arts District, Banyan Kitchen is a true gem when it comes to family friendly dining.  With a light, healthy and fresh menu Banyan Kitchen offers up lots of options whether you are looking for a sit down meal or something to grab and go.  They also share their quarters with Chi Chocolate - purveyors of preservative free artisan chocolates all made in house.  And if the chocolate isn’t enough… they have a perfect little kids section complete with books, games and lots of fun things to do to keep the little ones occupied and happy.

Address: Liberty Station, 2690 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 8AM - 3PM

Saturday - Sunday: 9AM–6PM

Sunday: 12–4PM

Website: http://www.banyankitchensd.com/

San Diego New Children's Museum

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The San Diego New Children's Museum has been on our to do list ever since it opened just a little over a year after Duke was born.  However, when we caught wind that friend and fellow PLNU alum Wes Bruce's immersive installation "the Wonder Sound" had opened we new a visit was in order.

One of the best things about the children's museum is the variety of activities that are available to kids of all ages. In addition to the Wonder Sound exhibit, highlights from our most recent visit included the black light sand box/room, the karaoke car, the many arts and crafts centers, and especially the giant kitchen filled with oversized cushions shaped like fruit and other edible treats.

Address: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 10AM–4PM

Friday: 9:30AM–4PM

Saturday: 10AM–4PM

Sunday: 12–4PM

Website: http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/

Soda and Swine

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Soda and Swine Liberty Station

We absolutely love the food and environment at the North Park Soda and Swine, but it’s always felt a little tight for the double stroller and two toddlers.  Today we tested out their new location in Liberty Station (Point Loma) and were pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness and kid conducive atmosphere.  As expected with all Consortium Holdings concepts the beautiful design and build out is equally matched with delicious food and tasty drinks.  We ordered 3 different types of sliders (swine, hen and bovine), fries, the apple salad and a pair of beers.


- If you’re cruising in with a stroller use the ramp adjacent to the back patio. 

- Dine with kids in the off hours as this place can definitely pack out.

- Buy a slice of pie and take the kids to watch it being made at the publicly visible baking zone done up to look like it’s own store font near the ordering counter


Address: 2750 Dewey Rd #104, San Diego, CA 92106

Hours of Operation:

Sunday through Thursday 11:30am – 11;00pm

Friday + Saturday 11:30am – 12:00am

Website: http://consortiumholdings.com/projects/soda-and-swine/

Waypoint Public

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Photos by Suzi Jacobs

Photos by Suzi Jacobs

Located only a block from our house Waypoint Public has quickly become a neighborhood happy hour favorite.  They have an amazing craft beer selection with over 27 beers on tap and a seasonal menu highlighting an exceptional hodgepodge of cuisine designed to create a special culinary experience.

Waypoint public has a fenced in kid friendly zone packed out with books, puzzles, bean bag chairs and a big screen TV mounted to the back wall that plays children friendly movies.  In addition to this there are also two oversized picnic bench tables adjacent to the kid zone that is the perfect zone for large groups looking to enjoy a dining experience while still being able to keep an eye on your kids.

We typically come here for happy hour to hang out around the kid zone and abstain from asking for an actual table.  We usually order  a beer or two each along with a side of fries and pickles.  Kahana usually plops down in a comfy bean bag chair with a book one hand and a beer in the other to read to Duke and Coco.  Its a nice and relaxed atmosphere and the more you participate with your children the better. There’s a happy hour menu from 4pm - 6pm that should allow you to enjoy yourself for a few hours and still escape with a bill under $30 bucks.

Address: 3794 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 4pm - 1am

Lunch: Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 3pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Website: http://www.waypointpublic.com/

Bird Park

Sarah JacobsComment
Photos by Evan Schell

Photos by Evan Schell

Although it’s hard to make an exact comparison, Bird Park is to North Park, San Diego what McCarren Park is to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  It’s a convenient little escape that’s only a stones throw from our home and all the bars and restaurants that make North Park what it is.  It’s a fairly stripped down park… a few benches a swing set a, big open lawn and a few trees but it’s more than enough to justify happy houring here with friends at least a few nights per week. It’s the perfect outdoor spot to catch a sunset and allow the kids to exert that last bit of energy before passing out on the stroller ride back home.

There’s a Concert in the Park Series hosted by the North Park Community Association that takes place on every other Saturday of the month throughout Summer.  It’s the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and link up with other families and friends in the Neighborhood. 

View the entire concert schedule Here.

Bird Park is located at:

28th St. and Upas St.

San Diego, CA 92104

Panama 66

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Photographed by Suzi Jacobs

Photographed by Suzi Jacobs

Kahana and I have always loved coming to Balboa Park.  However, we’ve always been a little disappointed by the lack of non-touristy food and drink options.  We stumbled upon Panama 66 after discovering that our favorite band, The Mattson 2 was scheduled to be playing a show there.  We arrived with kids in tow and quickly realized that Panama 66 was the experience we had always craved.

Located adjacent to The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, Panama 66 is the newest endeavor by the good folks behind the Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger!Tiger!  The restaurant boasts a rotating menu of locally sourced food and an extensive assortment of craft beer, wine and craft cocktails.

One of the things that makes Panama 66 so special is the San Diego Museum of Art sculpture garden that doubles as Panama 66’s kid friendly outdoor lawn.  Feel free to enjoy your food in the restaurant or grab a drink and sprawl out on one of the blankets they provide in their outdoor lawn.  We’re usually there with friends every Friday night.  We usually post up on the lawn with a couple of beers, one adventurous appetizer and one item from the kids kitchen.

Hours are seasonal so be sure to check the San Diego Museum of Art schedule for Panama 66 and all hosted events – Here.



1450 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92102

Website: http://panama66.blogspot.com/

San Diego central Library

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Photographs by Suzi Jacobs

Photographs by Suzi Jacobs

Located in the heart of East Village, the San Diego Central Library is a nine story architectural wonder that houses two levels of parking, an auditorium, a cafe and a charter school on two levels.  As expected it’s packed with books, computers and art exhibits and open to the public 7 days a week.

We typically head down to the central library and hole away on the floor designated to kids and teens.  We read a few books and attend on of the many kid oriented workshops.  Once the kids tucker out we like to visit the On View art gallery upstairs and catch a breath of fresh air on the roof.  One of the perks of being so conveniently located in Downtown San Diego is the proximity to all of the other East Village bars and eateries that are perfect for a post library snack.


Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7pm

Friday - Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Address: 330 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92101

Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/about-the-library/projects/newcentral.shtml