Kids in Vista

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The Oceanside Museum of Art displays compelling works of art from local and regional artists as well as traveling national and international exhibitions. Current exhibits include Focus on Oceanside: Lee Peterson, a photographic collection by San Diego aperture enthusiast Lee Peterson. Peterson has courted and captured the spirit of Oceanside, from its ghosts-of-seagulls haunted harbor to the San Luis Mission Rey, in a stunning series of images employing both classically breathtaking and extraordinarily surreal perspectives. The gallery walls are also privileged to carry an impressive exhibition of contemporary Mexican-American art from Einar and Jamex de la Torre, as well as Raul Guerrero, along with myriad works by contemporary Native American artists in San Diego County. The museum's galleries are re-designed for each new exhibition to prevent acute cases of eyeball ennui.

704 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
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Baby Trader's resale collection overflows with gently loved clothing, toys, books, accessories, and furniture that help new parents pamper their budding brood. The selection of threads spans from infant to toddler sizes, and all secondhand clothing must be laundered before the staff even considers reselling it. Parents can prepare homes for new arrivals with Baby Trader's selection of car seats, strollers, cribs, and highchairs so newborns can maintain eye contact during dinner conversations.

5282 Baltimore Dr
La Mesa,
CA
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Lakeshore Learning Materials is a colorful national retailer that has proven to be an eye-popping paradise for parents, teachers and children alike. Games, crafts, kits, educational materials and art supplies sit piled high on the shelves inside this Hazard Center mall storefront in Mission Valley. So the story goes, single mom Ethelyn Kaplan opened a toy store in 1954, and in the decades since, the retailer has expanded into educational supplies and multiple outlets across the United States. Lakeshore’s mission is to create “innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning.” From infants to 6th graders, a wealth of educational fun awaits store visitors, and the many hidden treasures make for perfect birthday presents, holiday gifts or anytime buys for the curious kiddo in your life.

7510 Hazard Center Dr
San Diego,
CA
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Symbolize It creates personalized gifts, emblazoning acrylic and glass memorabilia with photos and names of loved ones. Their individualized products range from lightweight acrylic photos to coasters, wine glasses, mugs, and clocks.

1761 California Ave, Suite 103
Corona,
CA
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Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.

2000 Main St
Huntington Beach,
CA
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Though they’re surrounded by ocean and sandy beaches, the kids at Seascape Kids Fun never get wet. That’s because the seaside sights are actually murals, all part of the indoor playground's oceanic theme. Designed for kids of all ages, the three-story facility includes an Aquarium Play Room, where youngsters explore a play structure that circles a range for launching foam balls.

Island- and ocean-themed parties include time in both Seascape playrooms. Face painting and pizza feasts can also enliven parties, while donuts treat guests during morning pajama parties. While their kids scamper about, guardians can relax by surfing complementary Wi-Fi or pretend-read Finnegan's Wake in public.

4771 E Hunter Ave
Anaheim,
CA
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