Category Archives: Crafts for Kids

Summertime Fun at Suzie’s Farm

We had so much fun picking strawberries at Suzie’s Farm this spring. So when the opportunity came up for more kid-friendly activities and lunch at the farm, I cleared out my schedule. The little Birds and I joined a small group of bloggers and were treated to a tour and hanging out with Melissa, the director of education at Suzie’s Farm. “Doctor Carrot,” as she is known there, told us all about their summer camps.

sunflowers at suzie's farm

Ever wonder who the “Suzie” in Suzie’s Farm is? A sweet doggie! Melissa and Abby of Suzie’s Farm told us all about the dog that adopted the founding farmers as they led Little Bird and her new friends in acting like dogs and other animals on the farm. We sang a song about plants, took a tour of the garden and picked leaves for an art project.

stealing strawberriesAs the tour was ending, the unmistakable fragrance of strawberries filled the air. Abby told us we could each pick three, and only three, strawberries to eat on the spot. Little Bird and I had no problem finding sweet, beautiful red strawberries. In fact, we kept finding them. I figured she must have meant three strawberries each per person, not per child, right? Soon we fell behind the tour, unable to stop! I felt a bit like Charlie and his grandpa in the Chocolate Factory as we stole a few more sun-warmed strawberries.

chickens at suzie's farm

After the tour we were treated to lunch by the young and talented chefs of Salt & Cleaver. For a sausage restaurant (“sausage” is in their url), they prepared a surprisingly plant based and delicious meal. Highlights for me included Padron peppers with a beet and goat cheese sauce, finished with orange zest; a zucchini based “mac and cheese’ (no noodles but plenty of cheese); and a watermelon and feta salad with house made pickles. The restaurant is in Hillcrest and looks like a fun night out. Next mamas’ night out??

Full disclosure, Little Bird and I were treated (and treated well) to lunch, three strawberries and the tour. (Baby Bird stuck to milk.) Regardless of the delicious bribery, I fully recommend exploring past the CSA. You can experience Suzie’s Farms in one of the following ways:

  • Tour the farm, picking your own veggies as you go. Every Tuesday and Saturday, $10/person and $10/bag of organic veggies.
  • Check their calendar for special events, including a party for picking peppers and tomatoes in August (I’ve got your tomato sauce covered here and here and preserving peak tomatoes here and here.)
  • Week long summer camps start June 16th, with options for grades K-5 and grades 5-8. Cost is $285/week with sibling discounts for multiple children. Activities range from learning about farm animals, farm tools, cooking, making art, and survival skills to running a farmer’s market. Can I sign up?
  • My top pick: Coming up in September, the Autumnal Equinox Dinner is a fancy pants, multi-course, wine and dine alfresco affair, catered this year by Whisknladle. Yummmmmm. Tip: tickets sold out last year in July, so buy early!

Click on any of the images below to see more of our day.

Painting the Walls?! Art Party at Paint The Walls

Little Bird and I ventured out of the house the other day to check out Paint the Walls. (Baby came too, but she mostly snoozed.) It’s a great place for kids! For all the times I tell her not to color and paint on the walls, finally she got to go wild and paint. The best part? I didn’t have to clean anything up!

Painting the Walls

They provide all the art supplies, smocks and even have some yummy snacks available.  For $10/child (and $8 for a 2nd child), you can come as a drop-in. Infants are free. Parents are free and are expected to stay, although Paint the Walls does offer drop-off camps during school holidays. Unlimited paint, paper, pens and play dough are included. And did I mention that they clean up? The paint is washable and they use natural cleaning products to clean off the walls at the end of the day. There are also chalkboard walls and chalk.

Drawing at Paint the Walls SD

Disclaimer: We were invited, along with a few other bloggers, to check out Paint the Walls for free. But all opinions are mine, and we definitely plan on going back again as civilians. Paint the Walls has been in Poway for a little while, but was bought by a local family two weeks ago.  Kathy and Kathy are super sweet and very welcoming. They also shared a tip: look out for a Living Social promotion this Wednesday.


Along with the open art time, they also book private birthday parties. Recently, an 8-year-old girl hosted 20 friends. At her request, the chalk wall area was turned into a dance party. Check the website for a promotion on parties booked during the month of November-perfect for the cooler months. It is not on the website, but they also offer a discount for “mini parties” of less than 9 children. They seem pretty accommodating, so I recommend just talking to the owners about anything you have in mind. For example, they have partnered with Green Kid Crafts in the past (another cool local business) and, just brainstorming, perhaps could order creativity kits for your party?


I love that the play dough is homemade. And I’m pretty sure it had some sparkly glitter in it. Hmmm, they offer discounts to play groups… Little Bird just might have to get some of her friends to come back with her!

Paint the Walls SD

Paint the Walls Contact Info:


Address: 11385 Poway Rd, Suite 108
San Diego 92128
Sabre Springs Plaza
(Corner of Springbrook Dr, near 7 Eleven)

Phone: 858-722-6920


Facebook: Paint the Walls Page