Entrepreneur turned coupon baron Mohammed Malik created the Deal Deck as a way for his customers to explore the restaurants and coffee shops of their city, as well as a method for delivering a shot in the arm to local economies. Deal Decks contain 52 card-size coupons, each worth $10 off at 52 locally owned restaurants, totaling more than $500 in savings. As consumers deal each card at previously undiscovered pizza joints, Cajun eateries, Irish pubs, and Indian restaurants, they not only expand their palate, but help small businesses stay healthy and vibrant during all economic climes.
With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.
Birch Aquarium is an exciting interactive museum and public exploration center of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The stellar aquarium is home to more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates, and interactive exhibits reveal the research of Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Kids love the dainty sea horses, which Scripps successfully breeds, and the chance marvel at the ethereal sea dragons. Naturalists also lead tide pool walks, snorkeling adventures and whale watching tours at certain times throughout the year. Underwater kelp cams reveal the activity and denizens of the sea, while the living tide pools allow visitors to touch sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters and other unique animals local to San Diego's tide pools.
What started as a camp founded and staffed by schoolteachers has turned into a year-round surf school for one reason: people love to surf. Today, the school offers everything from lessons for first-timers to professional surf clinics for advanced surfers. Their teaching model focuses on private and small group lessons, which they believe is the quickest and easiest way to learn to ride the waves. And for their graduates, they’ve even created a surf team that is cheered on by countless adoring seagulls.
Action water-sports shop Everyday California (formerly OEX), wrangles an experienced team of experts to escort patrons on kayak, surfing, and snorkeling tours. The shop as been lauded by publications including the Chicago Tribune for its exploration of the earth's watery expanses that offer glimpses of marine creatures such as sea turtles, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and cormorants. Kayak tours take paddlers out on a variety of adventures, including destinations such as seven sea caves, the paths of migrating gray whales, and underwater kelp forests. Everyday California also rents out kayaks, snorkel gear, surfboards, paddleboards, and saddles for baby belugas.
At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire. Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.