Activities for CASAs and Children
Free Admission to the USS Midway in May
CASAs and their case children can explore the USS Midway for free during May. CASAs only need to show their CASA badges at the ticket booth to receive free admission for themselves and their case children. The museum features 60 exhibits and family-oriented activities. If you go, please send your “Fun Without Faces” photos, which are photos that do not show your case child’s face, to SabrinaG@speakupnow.org so that we can share with our friends at the museum.
Aquatic Play and Paddle Event
Saturday, May 6
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Crown Cove Aquatic Center, 5000 CA-75, Coronado
Voices for Children and Outdoor Outreach present “Play and Paddle,” a day of aquatic play for case children 12 and older. This event will feature kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and Hawaiian outrigger canoeing at the Crown Cove Aquatic Center in Coronado. The event will wrap up with a family-style cookout. CASAs must stay for the whole event, or as long as their case children are there, and are encouraged, but not required, to participate in all water activities; CASAs can watch from shore if they prefer. All equipment and instruction will be provided. Please RSVP to CASAkids@speakupnow.org by Monday, April 24. Due to the expertise and supervision of the Outdoor Outreach team, Voices for Children is exempting this event from our policy prohibiting activities requiring signed waivers (please see our Water Activities policy below). Please note that a waiver form, signed by the foster parent, group home staff, relative caregiver, or HHSA social worker, is necessary for case children to participate in this event. Details on the waiver form will be provided after you RSVP.
As CASAs engage their assigned case children in a variety of enriching and fun activities in San Diego County, exposure to water and watercraft is highly likely. While it is important for our children to experience a variety of different opportunities, the safety of our CASAs and case children is paramount. Whenever a case child will be near a body of water, CASAs should consider several safety factors, including the child’s age, the child’s perceived and actual swimming ability, sunscreen application, lifeguard presence, appropriate attire, and supervision while the child is in the water.
- CASAs may not take their case children to swimming pools or water parks. However, outings to splash parks with only knee-deep water, such as the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego, are permitted with appropriate supervision.
- CASAs may not take their case children to swim in the ocean; however, playing in knee-deep water at the beach is permitted with appropriate supervision.
- Any activity involving the use of boats, paddleboards, surfboards, or other watercraft must be approved in writing by the HHSA social worker and the advocacy supervisor. Remember, VFC does not permit any activity requiring a signed waiver.
Wednesday, May 31
Location to be announced
Do you have a case youth on track to graduate high school or pass the GED this year? If so, please join us at the Celebrating Achievement graduation event. The event will include a certificate presentation, remarks, dinner, and more. Formal invitations with more details will be mailed. Please contact your advocacy supervisor with questions. Reservations are required.
Sunday, June 11
Sunday, July 16
We have a limited number of Padres tickets for the above games. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to CASAkids@speakupnow.org and indicate which game you would like to attend, your name, and how many tickets you would like.
THE LOT Movie Theater
The LOT Movie Theater is offering (1) free movie voucher for anyone who signs up using their e-mail address. You’ll then receive an e-mail with a voucher code. After you receive the code, you will visit their website to reserve your seat for whichever movie you’d like to see! CASAs: You may use the free movie voucher for your case child, but will have to purchase your own ticket. As a reminder, CASAs can only take their case children to see PG and G rated movies only. Click here for more information.
Adventure Kids in Egypt Exhibit
In Adventure Kids in Egypt, a children’s exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man, visitors experience what it is like to be a modern archaeologist discovering the remnants of Ancient Egypt and then see real mummies and authentic Egyptian artifacts. Visitors will be able to make finds in the exhibit’s dig site and learn about the artifacts and how mummies are made. The exhibit features an interactive computer game to teach users about the right tools for archaeological explorations. Visitors can also dress up in ancient Egyptian garb or as an archaeologist, construct a pyramid of wooden blocks, and more. The museum, located in Balboa Park, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other current exhibit subjects include monsters, graffiti, and, for ages 13 and up, cannibalism. As a new partner in the Fostering Culture program, the museum offers free admission for CASAs and their case children; just show your CASA badge.
Japanese Friendship Garden
VFC received a donation of free passes to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The garden sits on a 12-acre plot and offers educational programs, exhibits, and events designed to enhance and deepen visitor appreciation for Japanese culture. The garden features stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings, and the Tea Pavilion. Please email CASAkids@speakupnow.org to request passes.
Free Passes to LEGOLAND
Through our special partnership with LEGOLAND California and Merlin’s Magic Wand, CASAs and their case children can receive free admission to the amusement park. Each child may visit the park only once through this program. Email CASAkids@speakupnow.org to request your tickets. You must include CASA’s full name, CASA’s zip code, and child’s first name, last initial, and age.
20% Discount for CASAs and Case Children at Woodstock Pizza!
Woodstock Pizza has generously offered to give a 20% discount and free Cinnabread to CASA volunteers and their case child(ren) when you dine-in or carryout at two participating locations. Simply show your CASA badge at checkout to receive the discount at either location! Thank you to Woodstock Pizza for this fun outing opportunity!
Participating locations include:
Woodstock Pizza San Diego: 6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
Woodstock Pizza Pacific Beach: 1221 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
Check Out Red Tricycle SoCal For Outing Ideas
With the spending limit on CASA outings, we’re always on the lookout for fun and free activity ideas to share. Red Tricycle SoCal is a great online resource to find fun kid-friendly activities and cool ideas for things to do, eat, and see with children in San Diego County. View its calendar of upcoming events here. Check out its “Top 12 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in San Diego” article here.
Voices for Children’s Fostering Culture Program
Thanks to our Fostering Culture partners, CASA volunteers and their case children receive free admission to any of the museums listed below. Simply show your CASA badge and visit as often as you like!
Click on any of the following partners for more detail on each museum’s programs and upcoming events! Participating Museums:
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Coronado Historical Association
Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum
The Lux Art Institute
Mingei International Museum
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The Museum of Making Music
The Natural History Museum *pass includes 3D movies
The New Children’s Museum
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Hall of Champions
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary and Junior Ranger Program