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East County

Deering Banjo Factory

The Deering Banjo Factory’s mission is to champion the banjo and inspire freedom of creativity around the globe by supplying the best quality, American-made banjos available to players of all abilities. The factory invites you to check out their full range of American made banjos, all of which are hand built by their team of dedicated banjo specialists. As a family run business, the factory has a focus and passion to create great banjos that enable artists to express themselves through music.

(619) 464-8252

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East County

Julian Gold Mine

Discover an exciting learning experience at The Eagle Mining Co. in Julian, California. This old-fashioned gold mine offers terrific and informative California tours that guide adventures through the world of an 1870s mining operation. Students have good, clean, family fun and learning while preserving  our state’s rich history. 

(760) 765-0036


Music & Theatre

San Diego Central

La Jolla Symphony

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C), a UCSD affiliate, performs 6 concert pairs per year in Mandeville Auditorium, as well as community concerts in other venues. It is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation comprised of 230 volunteer musicians from all walks of life: doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, and professional musicians – a diverse and talented group with a passion for making music together. LJS&C sponsors an annual Young Artists Competition, an annual commission of a new work for orchestra and/or chorus, and provides music education to San Diego K-12 schools.

(734) 476-1170

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Zoos and Aquariums

South County

L:iving Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast offers a variety of options for you and your classes to choose from when you come to visit the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in the Sweetwater Marsh. Located in the San Diego Wildlife Refuge in the Sweetwater Marsh, the Discovery Center aspires to engage the community in learning about unique coastal ecosystems and becoming active in nature conservation. Students will see animal encounters, daily feedings, and wildlife education programs for a fun and inspiring experience. 

(619) 409-5900

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San Diego Central

JA Biztown

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. With active listening, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, the program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

(619) 682-5155

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Fish and Plants

San Diego Central

La Jolla Cove

Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. La Jolla Cove is a small beach, tucked between sandstone cliffs within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful. With small surf in the summer months, the north-facing La Jolla Cove is popular for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. 

(619) 235-1169

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North County Coastal


The famous Legoland California has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, and all are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. This 128-acre theme park is home to numerous attractions including Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park, Legoland Hotel, and the all-new Legoland Castle Hotel. From the immersive land of the groundbreaking Lego Ninjago World, to the Dragon Coaster, Legoland is where kids can experience interactive and cutting-edge technological marvels.

(760) 438-5346

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Arts and Culture

North County Coastal

Lux Art Institute

Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make contemporary art more accessible and personally meaningful. At Lux, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.

760) 436-6611

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Plants and Flowers

San Diego Central

Japanese Friendship  Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden offers a traditional Japanese garden as a center to educate, engage, and inspire people of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy. The garden serves as a beacon of friendship  between cultures and creates an immersive experience into traditional Japanese Gardens. As a valued community resource, it is well known for its unique setting, stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings and landscape. 

(619) 232-2721

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San Diego Central

La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse is where performance art and outreach combine to inspire community identity and imaginative thinking. From innovative youth programs to Tony award-winning musicals and plays,  La Jolla Playhouse artists collaborate to advance theatre and inspire the local community. The La Jolla Playhouse seeks to offer creative opportunities for contemporary artists by using theatre as a creative platform for transformative self-expression. 

(858) 550-1070

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Zoos and Aquariums

North County Coastal

Legoland Sea Life Aquarium

The Legoland Sea Life Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates Lego models into a child's voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. Visit the new Sea at Night display featuring an amazing bioluminescence display.

(760) 438-5346

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San Diego Central

Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre’s beautifully renovated lobbies are home to the Lyceum Café, two gallery spaces featuring rotating exhibitions of local artists,  and the lower lobby Underground Stage, which hosts many free pre and post-show events. The Lyceum Stage theatre offers orchestra and mezzanine seating for 515 guests while keeping an intimate feeling for the audience no matter the seat. 

(619) 544-1000

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