San Diego is always a popular vacation destination for families looking for fun and entertainment. With the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland and more, there is definitely no shortage of ways to engage and entertain kids of all ages.
This August, kids have even more reason to love this Southern California paradise. The San Diego International Kids Film Festival will give guests a glimpse of what’s new in the children’s film industry with their very own festival — complete with foreign film screenings and awards. This annual event has delighted audiences and showcased young filmmakers and children’s cinema since 2013.
Throughout the course of the festival, kids can view a variety of local and foreign films. Entries are submitted from more than 30 different countries and let kids discover cultural influences and different perspectives firsthand. Films range from short films to full-length features and cover a wide range of genres including science fiction, drama, animation and documentaries. After screening films, audience members will be encouraged to critique them and discuss what they have seen, allowing children the opportunity to have their voices heard and their opinions respected.
The goal of the festival is to provide an environment that supports aspiring young filmmakers, promotes the importance of the arts from an early age and encourages the idea of “entertainment with education.” For many young artists this is a chance to interact with the filmmaking community on an international level and present the works to audiences they would not ordinarily be able to reach. For young movie fans, the festival offers the opportunity to experience a world otherwise dominated by adults and offers a glimpse into the future talent of the film industry with the movers and shakers of tomorrow.
In addition to the films being screened, there will also be fun events to round out the celebration. An Opening Gala, a Red Carpet Fashion Show and an Award Ceremony are all expected to be part of the festivities, giving kids a chance to take part in a true film festival experience. Panels and forums will offer incredible opportunities for kids to learn more about the industry, the countries represented and the cultural contexts of the films being presented.
Films will be shown Aug. 26–28 at different venues across the San Diego area.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.