San Diego: Kick Back & Relax

After a whirlwind of professional development activities at CEC 2015, you might be ready for a break. We’ve picked out some of the best ways to relax in San Diego for you in this post.

Take a Spa Day

hotel delThe Hotel Del Coronado (or “The Del”) is a national landmark located on 28 beautiful acres on Coronado Island. You might also recognize it from the classic Some Like it Hot, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. The spa “highlights the healing properties of the sea and offers a wealth of relaxing treatments and beauty therapies, including organic facials, luscious body scrubs, slimming wraps and deep tissue massage.” Our favorite part? The private terrace pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Strike a Pose for Relaxation

yogaThe Chopra Center for Well Being is the place to go for yoga and meditation. Founded 15 years ago by the internationally renowned Deepak Chopra, the Chopra Center, located at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, offers a unique yoga practice based on Chopra’s book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.

Sweat It Out

Did you know San Diego was home to the first triathlon? With average temperatures in the low 70s, it’s no wonder many San Diegans are avid runners. If you’re looking to join them, you should check out these running routes from the San Diego Tourism Authority.

Take A Swing

If running’s not your speed, why not hit a few balls? The great weather make San Diego a perfect spot for 18 holes. There are over 90 golf courses in the area – you can find information on all the top spots in the 2014 San Diego Golf Guide.

How are you planning on relaxing in California?

San Diego Museums

If you’re looking to add even more learning to your San Diego trip, check out one of San Diego’s great museums. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below.

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art is the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. The nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Locally known as “theNAT,” San Diego’s Natural History Museum features exhibits that focus on Earth and Life Sciences. While many exhibits are regionally based, the current main exhibit stars replicas of Egyptian Treasures from King Tut’s tomb. Also popular? Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle, a hands-on learning experience with everyone’s favorite Magic School Bus driving teacher.

San Diego Museum of Man

The world-renowned Museum of Man “inspires human connections by exploring human experience.” Permanent exhibits explore the Maya, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, Human Evolution, and the Human Life Cycle, while current special exhibits include Monsters!, a family-friendly feature, and BEERology, for grown-ups only.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Home to the first IMAX Dome Theater, the “Fleet” features more than 100 interactive exhibits in eight exhibit galleries. Make sure to check out the Tinkering Studio, where you can create, experiment and invent with other Fleet visitors. Kids 5 and under will love Kid City, a special area designed just for them.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego has a rich aviation history, and it’s honored in the San Diego Air & Space Museum. In addition to viewing actual aircraft from a variety of eras, visitors can experience flight simulators and catch a film in the 3D/4D theater.

Which museums are on your list to check out in San Diego?

San Diego Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center will be the heart of CEC 2015. Housing the Expo Hall, General Session, Yes I Can Awards and so much more, the SDCC boasts over 800,000 square feet of meeting & exhibit space and a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay.

Perhaps most famous as the site of the San Diego Comic Con each year, the center has also played host to six presidents, Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, and Will Ferrell, among others. (If you missed our post on Will Ferrell’s hit movie Anchorman, set in San Diego, you can read it here.)

The SDCC has put together a great attendee guide with information about getting around town, restaurants, neighborhoods, and more. Download it now at

Thanksgiving in San Diego

Everyone has their own special holiday traditions.  Maybe you celebrate with an early lunch and head to see a movie, or maybe you cook the traditional turkey yourself. But wherever you live and however you celebrate, you’re likely to see a parade, and San Diegans are no different.

One of San Diego’s big Thanksgiving highlights is the Mother Goose Parade, which took place this past Sunday.  This year’s event was hosted by Grand Marshal Cassandra Kunze, Miss California 2014, a former Queen of the Mother Goose Parade. Over 100 parade entries included floats, marching bands, clowns, horses, and the Mother Goose Queen.

Check out more photos from the event in the U-T San Diego, and tell us some of your holiday traditions in the comments!



San Diego in the Special Education Community

CElementary school class outsideEC prides itself on being an international community of professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. Did you know that San Diego is home to a wealth of nonprofits that also focus on the special education community? Here are a few local standouts:

Community Catalysts of California

Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.   We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.

Job Options, Inc.

Job Options (JOI) is a San Diego-based not-for-profit company that provides professional service personnel, many of whom have severe mental, physical or psychological disabilities, in a variety of services. JOI currently employs over 900 individuals.

Partnerships with Industry

Partnerships With Industry is a San Diego-based nonprofit bringing together employers and persons with developmental and other disabilities in win-win partnerships. They work with over 200 local businesses to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a San Diego-based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult. The program offers 24 sports in 4 sports seasons. Athletes with developmental disabilities, families, friends & others can play and compete.

The Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. They support and empower persons with disabilities to achieve their life goals, and aim to be the premier provider of services to persons with disabilities, as well as an advocate for diversity of opportunities, enhancing individual life choices as a member of the community.

The Help Group

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs. The organization runs specialized day schools, provides mental health and therapy programs, and runs the WorkAbility 1 program, which provides valuable vocational training and supports the transition of special education high school students. The Help Group partners with a variety of local businesses to provide students with hands-on experience in areas such as customer service, retail sales, animal care, plant operations, child care and food service.