Where to take my 12 year old nephew?

User Forum Topic
Submitted by jimmyle on June 23, 2008 - 9:56pm

My 12 yr old nephew is coming to SD to visit me. He is here without his parents. I am new here so I am not sure where to take him to. Please give me some advice.

Submitted by sdduuuude on June 23, 2008 - 10:13pm.

Zoo
Harbor Cruise
Duck Tour
Tidepools - if low tide is really low.
Model Train Museum (best $5 spent in SD)
Kayaking in Mission Bay
Padres Game
Shopping in Tijuana - great horizon broadening

Submitted by temeculaguy on June 23, 2008 - 10:12pm.

Del Mar Fair if he will be here soon, go on a weekday. He's on the bubble age wise for legoland same age bubble for hooters (at 14 that's a gimme, but twelve it's borderline), Wild Animal park is probably hot as hell right now. Depending on where he is from, buy him a $40 boogie board at costco and hit the beach. You send a kid home with a sunburn, a boogie board and some surf t-shirt and he will be like a rockstar when he gets back to Kansas.

Submitted by sdduuuude on June 23, 2008 - 10:20pm.

Boogie Boarding is a great idea TG.

Scripps Aquarium is small but nice if he's into that sort of thing.

Submitted by PCinSD on June 23, 2008 - 10:47pm.

Take him to any pier in California and go fishing. It's free. The fish are probably biting at Shelter Island right now. Buy a $7 bag of raw frozen shrimp from Ralphs/Vons to use as bait. Use 1/2 for bait. Grill the other 1/2 for dinner.

Submitted by Coronita on June 23, 2008 - 11:58pm.

Quote:

Zoo
Wild Animal
Padres Game
Del Mar Fair

Harbor Cruise
Duck Tour
Tidepools - if low tide is really low.
Model Train Museum (best $5 spent in SD)
Kayaking in Mission Bay
Shopping in Tijuana - great horizon broadening
Boogie Boarding
Scripps Aquarium
Fishing

I won't comment on the usual suspects above. Here are some "alternatives" for the more adventurous type nephew, though you probably need to get a liability waiver from his parents first :)

1) Miramar Speed Circuit
http://www.miramarspeedcircuit.com/junio...

2) Solid Rock Gym
http://www.solidrockgym.com/?geographic=...

3) Mr. Paintball (Escondido)
http://www.mrpaintballusa.com/

On second thoughts, if he/you never been paintballing, now's probably not the time to learn. It hurts when you get hit (like a few welts that take 3-4 weeks to recover).

4) One comment about the Birch Aquarium (Scripps ). Admission is free the first weekend of every month if you are a Bank of America customer and you show your pictured atm/visa card.
http://promotions.bankofamerica.com/muse...

Submitted by jimmyle on June 24, 2008 - 7:59am.

Thanks everyone for your advice,

The Miramar Speed Circuit seems exciting, I might also take him to the zoo and Kayaking in Mission Bay.

Submitted by sdduuuude on June 24, 2008 - 8:18am.

If you paddle behind Sea World, you'll see Penguins in a special enclosure that extends into the bay. No joke.

Submitted by nostradamus on June 24, 2008 - 8:26am.

Zoo is depressing. Go Wild Animal Park! Go snorkeling! Go to the new Children's Art Museum near the convention center! Take him to see the Midway aircraft carrier and all the jets/subs/ships you can tour over there then go for soft-serve at Seaport Village! I also like the pier fishing idea or you can go deep-sea fishing for about $60 per person including all gear, cruise, and licenses. You will see all kinds of great stuff out there. Or rent a jet ski! Those are super fun.

Better yet, print out this thread and let the boy choose! Let HIM teach YOU how to have fun!

Lastly, the wind has been great lately. Go fly a kite!

Submitted by afx114 on June 24, 2008 - 9:11am.
  • Lou's Records in Encinitas - one of the last remaining meccas of the record-store era.
  • Top of the Hayatt - for the views, not the drinks! Kids can go up there during the day.
  • USS Midway Museum - kids love this stuff.
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Mission Beach Boardwalk
  • The Cave Store cavestore.com in La Jolla. Most San Diego Natives don't even know about this gem! Kid will feel like he's searching for buried treasure in a pirate cave.
Submitted by sdduuuude on June 24, 2008 - 10:28am.

The zoo is depressing, so take him to see the Midway ?

Odd logic there.

I've heard the sub is cool.

Submitted by Coronita on June 24, 2008 - 10:32am.

Actually, if he is from Kansas, perhaps also add in some surfing lessons :)

Submitted by seattle-relo on June 24, 2008 - 12:30pm.

12 is an awesome age! Many 12 year olds are independent and cool, can have a decently intelligent conversation without being too adolescent "attitudish" or girl crazy - enjoy your visit! I like the idea of printing out this list and having him pick what he wants to do.(You might want to have a budget in mind when you give him options) Booggie boarding or surf lessons would totally make him a cool dude in his friends eyes when he goes back to Kansas. You might also want to take him up to the LA area to see Hollywood or go to Universal Studios.

Have a great time!

Submitted by nostradamus on June 24, 2008 - 12:55pm.

I agree it's a great age and I also agree that boogie boarding will be the thing. My niece loved that when she was 12.

Watch out for sting rays, tell him to shuffle his feet in the water. We have tons of the little buggers, I was stung, it sucks (putting it very, very mildly). Snorkeling is great too, you can get the whole ensemble (snorkel, mask, fins) for $30 in a bundle at Sport Chalet.

Submitted by surveyor on June 24, 2008 - 1:00pm.

the answer

Two words:

COMIC-CON.

(hahahahahahhaaaa)

Submitted by raptorduck on June 24, 2008 - 1:20pm.

I took my 14 yr old nephew to the Star Trek exhibit at the Air & Space Museum. It was kind of pricy $24/person for that and the regular museam but he liked it.

I would also recommend the Midway and sub, but I am a Navy veteran so of course I would say that. Still, he thought that was way cool.

Submitted by Trojan4Life on June 24, 2008 - 1:41pm.

No matter what, avoid legoland. Thank place flat out is boring.

I got some great ideas here for my kids now, we had been doing the same old thing over and over. Thanks!

Submitted by jimmyle on June 24, 2008 - 1:41pm.

The zoo is out now. I went there once and didn't enjoy it too much. I probably take him to the Star Trek Exhibit. He loves Star Trek.

I checked several websites and kayaking in La Jolla 'Tour of the Seven Caves" sounds good.

Submitted by HarryBosch on June 24, 2008 - 10:28pm.

12 year old young man - great age!

You might want to try a radio control hobby (planes, cars, boats, etc) - dont just fly them - build them together. Or get a rocket kit, make a rocket and then go launch it a couple dozen times :)

When my son was that age BattleBots on ComedyCentral was popular. So we built a couple battlebots - 60 lbs lightweight and 120 lb. middleweight. Through trial and error we eventually made it to the TV rounds in the last season. We built and rebuilt bots together. Eventually we got interested in SozBots (16 oz bots) which were cheaper to build and rebuild - which he did himself. We competed in Battlebots for three seasons - it was the best of times!

Submitted by carli on June 25, 2008 - 8:51am.

If you're going kayaking in La Jolla cove, there's an outfit called Hike Bike Kayak in La Jolla (in the Shores area) that does a great job w/their tours of the cove and the caves.

You've got some wonderful ideas already, most of which I would second. I've got two girls - ages 9 and 14 - but I also have a 12-yr old nephew, and when he comes, his favorite thing is to just go to the beach and boogie board, but it's because he's from the Chicago area, so anything beach or surf related is hugely fun and different for him. If your nephew is into surfing (or wants to try) it would be a good idea to give him a surf lesson for 1/2 day to check it out.

I would agree that it's VERY important to warn him about the stingrays, which are already coming out at Del Mar beach. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle! It's hard to warn kids without absolutely freaking them out, but it's so important because if they're stung, it can be unbelievably painful and probably traumatic.

If your nephew's here for a long time (like a week or two) you might even want to enroll him in a surf camp, where he'd get a few hours of surfing every weekday morning or afternoon and be w/kids his own age, and then you could go do other stuff the rest of the day. The surf camp we like is Sol Surf camp in Del Mar, run by a former teacher of our girls. He's very mellow, a fun guy and great w/kids. I think it's $250/week. I haven't really checked out others, but I know there are many good ones and it depends on what's convenient for you.

Two more suggestions - hang out at the Gliderport in Torrey Pines for an hour or two watching takeoffs and landings (it's especially busy and fun on a weekend). If you make it a lunch stop, you can also grab a sandwich at the snack shed - we love their BLTs! Also, you might combine it with a short, easy hike in Torrey Pines State Park, like the Guy Fleming trail. I think the trail is only about a mile long, and is flat, and it's got a great payoff - the amazing view of the ocean, cliffs and coastline, which you'll come to about halfway around the trail.

Even my soon-to-be 50-yr old hubby loves Miramar Speed Circuit, and kids flip over it, especially around your nephew's age. There's another place like that in Carlsbad, which I hear is even bigger and nicer, but I don't know the name.

Oh - just remembered one more thing that's a big hit with kids - going to Belmont Park. Yes, it's very seedy, but if you don't make it to Disney or SeaWorld, Belmont Park has some fun rides (we love the old-fashioned wooden roller coaster, which really whips you around). The kids also love the game room, of course. Sometimes it's the lower tech (and less expensive) things that provide them w/the greatest thrills and lasting memories. Belmont Park is also good if you only have an evening or afternoon and can't make it to the other big attractions, or if you want to combine it with a bike ride along the PB boardwalk to do some people-watching. Bikes rent on the boardwalk for, I think, about $10/hr. so you don't have to bring your own. Also, you can have something at the Wave House, sit on their patio and watch everyone trying to surf on the artificial wave...that's always fun and provides a 12-yr old with lots of laughs from watching all the wipeouts. Have a great time!

Submitted by nostradamus on June 25, 2008 - 10:58am.

HarryBosch wrote:
12 year old young man - great age!

You might want to try a radio control hobby (planes, cars, boats, etc) - dont just fly them - build them together. Or get a rocket kit, make a rocket and then go launch it a couple dozen times :)

When my son was that age BattleBots on ComedyCentral was popular. So we built a couple battlebots - 60 lbs lightweight and 120 lb. middleweight. Through trial and error we eventually made it to the TV rounds in the last season. We built and rebuilt bots together. Eventually we got interested in SozBots (16 oz bots) which were cheaper to build and rebuild - which he did himself. We competed in Battlebots for three seasons - it was the best of times!


Unless HarryBosch is your real name, I think I might know you. If your initials are JM?

Submitted by nostradamus on June 25, 2008 - 11:06am.

Ah yes, the wave house and glider port... Awesome ideas, why didn't I think of that?

There's a bunch of videos of wavehouse on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uofdE3mZt9E

Submitted by Coronita on June 25, 2008 - 12:03pm.

Forgot to add... There's the hot air balloon rides too (saw them driving home yesterday).
Though, a trip up and down will set you back about $175 per person in the Del Mar area, and $155 per person in Temecula.

I have not gone yet because personally, at that price I'd rather do another tandem sky dive jump, if it wasn't for that fact i have a wife and kid to think about now.

http://www.hotairflyer.com/balloon-rides...

Submitted by HarryBosch on June 25, 2008 - 1:10pm.

Nostra,

Nope, not my initials. Did you do Battlebots? Treasure Island ?

Our battlebots weren't the most elegant but they were well built and survived a lot of punishment :)

I had to learn how to program those remote controls for the different ports but after I got that down then we had some great fights. Not many people realized that to make it to the TV rounds you first had to make it through the preliminaries. Well, I dont want to take this subject too far OT as I seem to have a habit of doing so with other threads. :)

Submitted by evolusd on June 25, 2008 - 3:02pm.

The most memorable moment I have from the various San Diego attractions is the Photo Caravan Safari offered by the San Diego Wild Animal Park. It was a bit pricey ($90/person), but TOTALLY worth it.

They took us out on a flatbed truck into the area where the animals are. We got to HAND FEED huge Rhinos and Giraffes...it was so freakin cool. Highly recommended!

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/calendar/wap_...

Submitted by nostradamus on June 25, 2008 - 3:07pm.

Never done the animal truck tour, what a delight that would be.

HarryBosch, my mistake. I have a good friend who with his sons was heavy on the battlebot scene. They built heavyweights and got on TV quite a few times. I think they might even have had the title one year.

Yep, confirmed, this is his site:

http://www.roboticdeathcompany.com/

Anyhow, back on topic. What's the topic?

Submitted by seattle-relo on June 25, 2008 - 4:45pm.

The battlebot scene seems really cool, I had never heard of it before and I can be pretty darn geeky at times :)

The wild animal truck tour is absolutely amazing, something to do at least once while living in San Diego.

When I had vacationed here in the past (before becoming a resident) I was able to rent a small sailboat for the afternoon. Sailing on the Bay is just beautiful and a great way to spend a day. I am sure there are still marine operations that rent out sailboats.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.