17 Great Girl Themes For a 3rd Birthday Party

Are you looking for unique 3rd Birthday Party Theme Ideas? I know how hard it is to throw a fun, unique, and memorable party for toddlers. Even starting to plan the food, invitations, decorations, activities, etc. is impossible without choosing a theme.

But you can’t just choose any old theme… you want your daughter’s birthday to be just as original, cute, and unique as she is! This makes choosing a theme one of the hardest parts.

Armed with an adorable theme and the resources in this post, the rest of your party will be smooth sailing.

Enter this round up list! Full of 10 fresh, thoroughly planned theme ideas (with links) and 7 innovative suggestions with less prep details for you to plan yourself.

Enjoy <3

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  1. Young Wild & Three
  2. 3, 2, 1 Blast-Off!
  3. Three Ring Circus
  4. Born to Three a Star
  5. Three-Esta
  6. Busy as a Three (Bee)
  7. Pinkalicious Party
  8. Rainbow Party
  9. 3 Scoops of Fun!
  10. Three Little Birds (Reggae/Bob Marley)
  11. Easy as 1,2,3 or Let it Three (1960’s theme titles)
  12. Dirty 3rd-y
  13. Its Sweet to be Three
  14. Fun and Fancy Three
  15. Three Cheers for…{insert child’s name}!
  16. To Three or Not to Three
  17. Ain’t Nothing but a Three Thang

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Young Wild & Three

Wildflower Boho Party

Let out your inner flower child in this cute, floral hippie party!

Recreate the Look!

3, 2, 1 Blast-Off!

Girly Outer Space Party

Space is the place for a party! The theme can be colorful and fun, but also have an educational aspect: learn planets and stars while having rock-in good time.

Three Ring Circus/Carnival Party

Whimsical Animal Lovers Party

Themes that include animals can be especially fun for your little one! Animals can be important to a child’s development and are a great way to encourage imaginative play and conversation with friends.

Born to Three a Star

Movie Watching Party

A “Born to Be/Three a Star” theme is perfect for children who are already stars in the making. It’s all about the glitter, sparkle and shine,

Three-Esta

Feisty Fiesta

Fiestas are bright, colorful, and exciting – just like your 3-year-old! Three-Estas are super easy to plan and execute, just get some lively music, colorful decorations, and delicious Mexican food.

Busy as a Three

Honey Bee Party

Bees are cute and fun. Honey is yummy. Combine all of them for a sweet, special party!

Pinkalicious Party

All things pink, pretty, and precious.

It’s time to get your girl power party on! Host a Pinkalicious theme party in honor of the sweetest little girl ever.

Rainbow Party

Delightful colors + inspirational theming = one gorgeous birthday party

For all the rainbow lovers out there, this one is for you. Rainbows are a sign of hope and renewal, so why not bring some happiness into your lives by choosing this motivating, inclusive birthday party?

3 Scoops of Fun

Ice Cream Dream Party

Who doesn’t love a bowl of creamy, fluffy goodness on a sweltering hot summer day? Ice cream parties are always a hit! Planning and decorating an ice cream party is just as cool and easy as the ice cream itself. Definitely a good option for your loveable little 3-year-old.

Three Little Birds (Moana Adventures Party)

Adventure, musical-fun, and a little bit of ancestral magic!

If you have a little girl who loves princesses, adventures, and the ocean, then this Moana-themed party is perfect! It has everything she could want: music, color and animal characters.

Other Fun 3rd Birthday Themes for a Girl

  • Easy as 1,2,3 or Let it Three (1960’s theme titles)
  • Dirty 3rd-y
  • Its Sweet to be Three
  • Fun and Fancy Three
  • Three Cheers for…{insert child’s name}!
  • To Three or not to Three
  • Ain’t Nothing but a Three Thang

Romantic Ways to Decorate a Hotel Room (for Him or Her)

Looking to add a little ROMANTIC sizzle to your ho-hum hotel room?

You’re in the right place!

Here’s what you’ll find on this page…

One Sentence Summary:

This page contains the steps needed to decorate a hotel room for a romantic getaway, tips & tricks, easy romantic decoration theme ideas, and common mistakes to keep in mind.

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  1. How to Choose the Location (Hotel, Motel, or Bed & Breakfast)
  2. Prep the Room
  3. Choose a Theme or Use One of Ours!
  4. Execute the Surprise

Other Information: For more information on hotel rules you don’t want to break while decorating, a recommended list of hotels that will decorate for you, and more, please see our Ultimate Guide on How to Decorate a Hotel Room.

Step 1: Choose a location (Motel, Bed & Breakfast or Hotel)

Why Choose a Hotel?

Hotels are typically well established and conveniences oriented than other accommodations. They offer high quality amenities, a variety of room styles & sizes, considerate customer service.

Alternatively, hotels are often more expensive than a motel and less personal than a bed & breakfast.

When it comes to decorating for a romantic getaway, a hotel room is the perfect “blank canvas” because of the neutral color themes commonly used and abundance of lighting. Adorn your room with ease and rest assured that when it comes to clean up, as long as you don’t leave an egregious mess, the hospitality staff will take care of it. We recommend verifying an individual hotel’s decoration cleanliness policy before making a reservation.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for couples benefits! See our recommendations in the Quick Tip below.

  • Quick Tip – Before you check in, ask the hotel what types of couples perks they offer. Many hotels will offer one or many of the following:
    • Room Discount (typically 20%)
    • Upgrading to a larger room or room with a view
    • Couples packages including extra amenities or additional perks
    • Late check out
    • Access to the spa or sauna
    • Decoration packages (the hotel will decorate and clean up for an extra charge)

Why Choose a motel?

Motels are ideal if you need to take a short stop while on the road. Although they offer less amenities, they are often more convenient, private, and inexpensive than a hotel. Additionally, the staff typically have a better pulse on local unique restaurants, activities, and shopping.

When it comes to decorating for a romantic getaway, a motel room should have all basic necessities. Since the standard room décor may not be as quality as other accommodations, you may want to add more decorations to improve the romantic vibe.

Motel staff are typically not as accommodating as hotel staff when it comes to decorating & clean up, so we definitely recommend understanding the facility’s policy before check-in.

  • Quick Tip – Utilize motel staff to make your romantic travel experience extra unique. Make sure to ask them for recommendations in the following areas:
    • Restaurants & shopping
    • Finding local tours or subject matter experts
    • Discovering “locals only” experiences and activities
    • Famous locations to visit in the area

Why Choose a Bed & Breakfast?

Bed & breakfasts are ideal for a relaxing, low stress romantic trip. They tend to have more charming features with amenity offerings that can be either highly unique & personal, or very minimal. You will need to do extra research and coordinate with staff to understand the options.

Since these locations often have small owner-operated staff, they require some extra effort from guests in the form of personal clean up check-out policies. Large messes can yield high fees at checkout.

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Step 2: Prep the Room

How do you Set Up a Hotel Room in Secret?

If you’re trying to make your romantic decor a surprise, there are a few approaches you can take:

  • Have someone else decorate the room for you
  • Go early and decorate the room yourself
  • Ask the hotel staff to decorate the room for you
  • Pay a service to decorate the room for you (we recommend Uberoom)

How to Decorate Like a Designer?

The objective of your decorations is to make the hotel room look personalized, inviting and festive.

Before you check in, study pictures of the room from the website or a review site. If there are aspects of the hotel room that you don’t like, then cover them with things that you do like.

For example, common curtains, bedding, pillows, and lighting can easily be disguised with thoughtful embellishments. Bring your own comfortable pillows, purchase a themed throw blanket, or cover the curtains with a quality backdrop.

Further improve the ambiance by appealing to all of the senses: play fun music, open a delicious smelling air freshener (we recommend against candles because they can set off the fire alarm), turn on a themed loop video or picture on the TV, and hang additional mood lighting.

Remember that most hotel rooms come with a coffee pot, microwave, and/or refrigerator. These items can be used to creatively enhance your décor by allowing you to include small touches such as making small desserts, keeping flowers fresh, or cooking small pre-packaged meals.

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Step 3: Choose a Theme

The most meaningful romantic themes are based on the relationship you share with your significant other. When planning how to decorate your hotel room, we recommend basing your decorations on shared experiences or interests.

However, sometimes its difficult to find a common interest theme or your significant other wouldn’t appreciate that type of theme.

If that sounds like your situation, then feel free to use one of our Romantic party themes below.

If you’re looking to set a more playful mood for a birthday, see our page on How to Decorate a Hotel Room for a Birthday.

I Love You to Pizzas

Bring some steamy cheesy romance to your hotel room with these creative decoration ideas.

Start by converting your space into a quaint pizza parlor with striped awnings, patterned hanging garden fans, giant pizza balloons, and an inviting banner that says “I Love You to Pizzas”.

Add a few pizza plushy pillows to the bed and a large bouquet of two dozen red roses that practically scream “That’s Amore!”

Set the mood with this Romantic Italian Dinner Playlist on Spotify, a video of the Italian Flag from YouTube, or a 10 Hour Spiderman Italian Song that progressively speeds up. Make a tender gift of a pizza box full of topping themed socks.

Order pizza delivery or toss the pizza poppers into the microwave, open your gummy pizza candies, and let the night melt away as you watch Mystic Pizza or Pizza My Heart.

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Breakfast in Bed

If your idea of a romantic vacation includes a relaxing morning with all the cozy comforts, then Breakfast in Bed is the theme for you!

Transform your hotel space with a pastel burlap pennant banner, “Pancakes and Pajamas” shimmer banner, and sweet strawberry hanging lanterns. Liven the room with fresh cut flowers and a friendly fluffy jumbo teddy bear. Improve the ambiance even more by playing some music from this Spotify playlist and using this Youtube video on the TV.

Add a few snug & warm finishing touches by including some bamboo wood breakfast trays, cushy slippers, and a stimulating New York Times Breakfast in Bed Crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to brew a cup of organic Peruvian coffee to go with it!

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All You Need Is Love

Whether your relationship started in the 1970’s or has only existed for 70 minutes, for this romantic trip All You Need is Love and some groovy décor.

Hang the colorful flower power wall decals around the room, psychedelic Abbey Road Beatles poster above the bed, and shiny disco balls from the ceiling. Plug in your “All You Need is Love” neon light and mind-bending lava lamp.

Throw your plush pink fur rug on the floor and your record coasters on the table.

Improve the ambiance even more by playing some music from this Spotify playlist and using these funky 70’s video projections from YouTube on the TV.

Finally, put on your hippie circle glasses, snack on some M&Ms because this hotel room is cool beans.

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Step 4: Execute the Surprise

Once the room is fully decorated, it’s time to execute the big reveal!

Hopefully your partner doesn’t know about your decorations ahead of time. If they do know or suspect something, we recommend charging ahead anyway! A fun decorated room is a thoughtful gesture and will still make your partner feel appreciated.

If they don’t know about your decorations and you’re trying to maintain the secret, we recommend doing the following to avoid making any mistakes:

  • Make sure the front desk doesn’t give away the surprise! If you have checked in earlier and already have the key, either ask the front desk ahead of time to be discrete when you check in or pretend to check in while your romantic partner waits somewhere else.
  • Talk about things that make it seem like you haven’t been in this place before. Comment on fun or interesting features of the hotel.
  • Ask your partner to open the door to the room door. This is pretty easy to do if you offer to carry most of the bags/luggage.

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39 Surprisingly Nerdy Things to do Now in San Diego

Attention all Potterheads, Oompa Loompas, Narnians, Whos (down in Whoville) and just about anyone else you can think of in the nerd-dom who is planning to spend time in San Diego!

Are you looking for something entertaining, fun, and just a tad bit nerdy to do in San Diego?

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This guide will show you exactly how to make your next trip to “America’s Finest City” a truly memorable travel experience. All activities are within two hours from the city proper. You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy this list but if you are a nerd, then these activities are definitely for you:

Interest-Based Nerdy Travel Experiences

Standard Travel Needs – Nerdy Style

About The Author

Hi, I’m Kate.

I started planning unique travel experiences way back in 2008.

And I quickly realized that quirky, nerdy experiences were going to be a big part of my travel planning success.

So I set out to explore as much as I could.

And thanks to years of reading and experimenting, I’ve had a ton of success with travel planning…

…including the top 3 performing nerdy guides on this site:

  1. Nerdy Experiences in Washington DC
  2. Nerdy Experiences in Boston
  3. Nerdy Experiences in Los Angeles

Check out these ideas in San Diego and you could have an awesome trip planned within the next 20 minutes.

What are the Top Nerdy Experiences Unique to San Diego?

1. Best Nerd Convention: Comic-Con

Most self-respecting nerds have fantasized about attending the original San Diego comic-con. Nothing can compare joining 130,000 of the most committed fans in the world, wearing full designer cosplay for four days of unique, immersive pop culture experiences.

Even the most casual nerds will appreciate the breadth of pop culture activities to enjoy:

  • Blockbuster film actors, directors, and crew panels
  • Future potential TV & movie project screenings
  • Unique vendor shops
  • Funky photo ops

Activities appeal to virtually all genre interests including: horror, Western animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, books, sci-fi, and fantasy.

If you want to go but don’t have a creative costume, consider one of these fun shirts:

2. Best Nerd Museum: Comic-Con Museum

Connect with the magic of Comic-Con all year round!

The Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park was designed to give nerds and non-nerds alike an opportunity to learn about new art and pop culture. The museum’s mission is to express the unique fusion of passion, creativity, science, technology, art and imagination found at the convention each year.

Visitors have the opportunity to see memorabilia from comics, Sci-Fi, TV shows, books, video games, anime, and more in classic museum format. Additionally, the museum offers classes, activities, movie screenings, trivia contests and online programs available anytime.

3. Best Retro Gaming Bar: Coin Haus

Pour yourself a beer (or a few!) at the self-service beer bar and lose yourself in a warehouse full of classic arcade games. Before you go, make sure to check the website for nightly specials and remember that video games are free during happy hour!

4. Best Childhood Throwback: Dr Seuss Legacy Remembrance

Photo Credit: Stephen Bay Photography

From early childhood, many of us grew up with the whimsical rhymes, funny illustrations, and imaginative messages of Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. A legacy tribute to the author of the iconic phrase “you have to be odd to be number one” is definitely worthy of this nerdy list.

Theodore Geisel spent many of his working years living and creating in La Jolla, CA. After his death much of his estate was left to UC San Diego.

Today, visitors can immerse themselves in his life and creative inspirations at a few places in La Jolla:

  • Geisel Library at UC San Diego: The Dr Suess Collection (including nearly 20,000 items ranging from original drawings, sketches, proofs, notebooks, and other memorabilia) is typically not available for public viewing, however it is displayed temporarily during March (Dr. Seuss’ birthday) and in the summer.
  • Former Personal Residence: Gifted to UCSD upon his death. 7301 Encelia Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Legends Gallery: Many people don’t know that Dr. Seuss not only wrote his fantastical childhood books, but also did all of the artwork. Legends Galley houses limited edition replica bronze sculptures, completed paintings, casual sketches, and finalized iconic illustrations made by Dr. Seuss. Visitors can also have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing some of Dr. Seuss’s unique impressionistic works and “Unorthodox Taxedermy” series of imaginary animals with odd body parts.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical at the Old Globe Theater: If you find yourself in San Diego at Christmas, grab some tickets to this musical holiday delight!

5. Space Invaders Hunt in Downtown San Diego

This downtown art installation is a reverse of the original Space Invaders game: instead of being charged by aliens, you do the charging.

This Space Invaders themed scavenger hunt has become a hot spot for gamers and treasure hunters alike.

It began as an exhibit for the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art called “Viva la Revolution: A Dialogue with the Urban Environment” and was created by a French muralist known for making space “invader” mosaics in urban environments. His contribution to the exhibit featured 21 icons around the city.

Follow the map in the link above to find the original mosaics on your own or if you just want to play the game check out this pocket-sized micro arcade version (its slightly bigger than a quarter!)

6. Best Tech Nerd Store: Geeks Candy Shop

If Willy Wonka made IT equipment instead of Chocolate, his factory would look something like Geeks Candy Shop. Although the sweetness only comes from the amazing deals on all things techy (laptops to servers to monitors and even power cables), the knowledgeable staff is very helpful and the merchandise is well-organized.

7. Best Nerdy Toy Store: ComicKazi

If you like your nerd toys in the way Harry Potter likes his godfather, Serious, then this shop is for you! This high-quality, low-frills shop has everything you need for the best shopping experience imaginable: massive inventory selection, knowledgeable & helpful staff, and fair pricing (even on limited edition release items!).

What are the Best Nerdy Local Cultural Experiences?

8. Essential San Diego Museums

San Diego has a wide variety of museums, these are some of our favorites:

**It’s important to note that February is San Diego Museum month where most museums have discounted or free admission.

  • USS Midway Museum – A unique opportunity to see the formerly confidential interiors of one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers of the 20th century. You will tour the ship through the sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, hanger deck and flight deck via a self guided audio tour. We recommend taking time to listen to the tours and presentations by docents, taking a test flight in the simulators, and seeing retired planes on the flight deck. This museum should be a high priority on any San Diego activity list!
  • Fleet Science Center Experience fundamental science principles in light, perception, physics, technology and engineering. This hands on museum teaches through interactive exhibits that appeal to adults and children alike. Plus there is a 76 foot Imax theater with immersive educational films.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum – The San Diego Natural History Museum (known as NAT) features the ecological, environmental, and biological history of the Southern California and Baja California regions. You will get to see the allosaurus cast (named “Al”), scavenger hunts in Fossil Mysteries, the Foucault Pendulum, drawing skulls on the gigantic chalkboard, movies in the Giant-Screen Theater and more!
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps – As an active research facility, the Birch Aquarium features the most current findings in oceanography. Visitors learn about fishes and invertebrates through hands-on exhibits, outdoor tide pools full of Swell Sharks, Round Rays & Pink Abalone, and expert lead on-site programming.
  • Museum of Us – Dedicated to the anthropology of the human experience from multicultural perspective. Besides housing several interesting and unique temporary exhibits with subjects that cover everything from 10,000 years of beer-brewing history to “Cannibals: Myth & Reality,” the museum is known for having one of the most extensive collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the U.S (including one of only 6 Ptolemaic child’s coffins and several authentic mummies).

9. Bonfire Nights on the Bay

Twilight is one of the most magical times to enjoy the ocean. The slightly brisk salty breeze will make you want to curl up in a cozy chair with a glass of wine, next to a warm fire and enjoy the company of locals and fellow travelers.

In this affordable Airbnb experience, you show up to the bay and let your host take care of the rest – It even includes s’mores!

10. Sunset Surfing with A Cali Surf Bro

Although nerds aren’t stereotypically the most athletic bunch, they are typically comfortable trying a new way of life that is different from their own.

San Diego surf culture is definitely a way of life.

In this Airbnb experience you will grab a board, learn basic surfing techniques, and feel the freedom of California’s favorite ocean sport. Within two hours you will be able to stand on your surfboard and maybe even “shoot the curl”!

What are the Best Nerdy Theater, Film & Shows?

11. Rooftop Cinema Club

Sunsets, skylines, elevated food & drink and cutting-edge sound is THE NEW way to immerse yourself in the magic of urban cinema.

Enter Rooftop Cinema Club.

This downtown outdoor theater screens cults, classics, and new releases in a picturesque metropolitan environment. Although there are opportunities to interact with other audience members before the film via games, prizes, talent Q&As, and sing-a-longs, the cinematic experience is paramount. Each guest is given a state-of-the-art audio headset to ensure they catch every last word in the feature film.

Don’t forget to grab some of the unique snacks and a craft cocktail or beer!

12. The Prestige – Magic Lounge & Showroom

Mix magic, mystery and humor in this interactive dinner show experience in the Gaslamp District of Downtown. You’ll start in an elegant lounge with amateur magician bartenders who perform coin & card tricks. As you wait for the show to begin, explore the décor and learn the history of magic.

When the reservation begins, you will be guided into the showroom dinner parlor through a secret entrance. Enjoy the three course meal of a salad, entree, and dessert with menu options for all taste preferences & dietary restrictions. Finally, you’ll experience a puzzling & mystifying magic show from an awarded magician. You are guaranteed to leave interested and amazed – The Prestige offers a unique experience to be remembered!

13. The Sugar Factory & Theatre Box Movie Theater

Make your next cinematic flick even sweeter with the ultimate menu of saccharine-loaded treat options! This is the recipe for a syrupy, delicious evening:

  1. Order dinner – we recommend selecting one of the rainbow options (burgers, pancakes, or tie dye milkshakes)
  2. Visit the sweet shop (literally every candy imaginable)
  3. Grab a beverage at the bar (um… 36-ounce alcohol infused smoking candy goblet?? Yes please!)
  4. Head to the chic theater complex attached for your feature entertainment

14. Top Gun Filming Locations

If you like your movies to have fast planes, g-force, and cheesy beach football games, then a visit to the filming locations from Top Gun is a must-do San Diego attraction.

Click on the links below to see specific locations (Google Maps geo links).

From Top Gun: Maverick, you can visit the following filming sites: Naval Air Station North Island, I-Bar (Hard Deck Bar), Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and Highway 1.

If your interested in sites from the original Top Gun, we recommend The Top Gun House (now a bakery!), Liberty Station, and Kansas City Barbecue.

What are the Best Nerdy Nature Experiences?

15. Arabian Horse Experience

Whether its Arod (Legolas’ horse in Lord of the Rings), Roach (Geralt’s horse in the Witcher), or Stayer (Perrin’s horse in the Wheel of Time) having a sturdy steed is an essential element of fantasy literature.

Known for their appealing physical appearance, endurance, gentleness, and speed Arabian horses are the oldest breed known to man (dating back to 3000 BC). The Arabian breed is featured in the heartfelt family classic The Black Stallion.

In this Airbnb experience a true enthusiast will give you the full lowdown on this exceptional animal. You will start with the biology, history, pedigree, and maintenance of Arabian horses and end with a full feeding and riding session. Plus, your host will give you Arabian coffee with customary fruit and nuts.

All skill levels are welcome and don’t forget to see the fish, chickens, pheasants, quails, ducks, turkeys and parrots on the property.

16. Harper’s Topiary Garden

Step into the closet of a magical world where instead of being turned into stone, animals are turned into lush, green bushes. And instead of an evil witch seeking for power, a kindly set of gardeners makes creations to beautify the world.

Thanks to over 15 years of work from the Harper family, visiting their Topiary Garden may make you feel like your in the magical land of Narnia.

For those who don’t have a natural green thumb, Topiary is…

The horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful.

The term also refers to plants which have been shaped in this way.

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When you visit this home in Mission Hills, San Diego you’ll see 50 different creations in the garden art gallery including: a whale, bunnies, a dog, a dinosaur, and an entire herd of elephants.

Anyone is welcome to enjoy this outdoor art exhibit, but if you visit please respect the privacy of the owners & their creations.

What are the Best Nerdy Rides, Escape Rooms & Virtual Experiences?

17. Legoland

Did you know that the best nerd toy ever has its own theme park?

If you have kids under the age of 12 – definitely go! Your kids will love it.

If you don’t have kids but love LEGOs, fantastic ambiance, light roller coasters, Botanical Gardens, and getting access to exclusive LEGO sets you should probably consider making a stop.

One of the most impressive highlights of the park is seeing the many awesome LEGO structures, buildings, and characters in MiniLand & around the park.

  • Star Wars: Continually expanding and diversifying the mini-Empire—like the scale model of the Death Star, a 1,900-pound masterpiece made with half a million plastic bricks. Check out LEGO-constructed landscapes like the Jawa sandcrawler on Tatooine, an underwater Opee sea killer on Naboo, and displays of the planet Jakku from The Force Awakens.
  • Mini-city: Visit New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Washington DC all in one place.
  • Famous Figures: See busts of famous personalities, including William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth II, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington made out of Lego blocks.

18. Belmont Park

Belmont Park is a historic amusement park located on the ocean’s front of Mission Beach. The park was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925 as the Mission Beach Amusement Center.

Located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego’s only beachfront amusement and entertainment center! From the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster to the dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the quintessential Southern California beach experience.

Take a stroll through the park and grab a Monster Waffle Cone then check out all the action on the Boardwalk. Sit down for a delicious bite to eat or one of 69 beers on tap at Draft South Mission after a fun-filled day of mini golf, rock climbing, and rides. No matter your age, the park has something everyone in the family can enjoy. However you choose to spend your day, Belmont Park is the best way to play!

19. Lockdown Escape Rooms

Visit some of the best, fully immersive escape game experiences in San Diego! Over the years Lockdown has become an enthusiast favorite due to quality design, unique puzzles, interesting storylines, and attention to detail.

You and your group can test your logical reasoning, mental finesse, and intelligence in one of four great themes at the Hillcrest location: Medieval, Western, Voodoo and Science.

Spots are limited, so book your game ASAP!

What are the Best Festivals, Conventions, and Live Events in San Diego?

20. Sand Castle Building Competition

If you like artsy reality TV shows (think baking, fashion design, glass blowing, etc), then you will love the in-person Sand Castle Building Competition in Imperial Beach, CA. Every June the finest Sand Castle artists in San Diego and the USA gather for a two day tournament of sandy grit and skill.

Competition events consist of a breakfast with the Mayor, exhibition of sand castle construction, the Sand Castle Ball, and a Winners Award ceremony. Spectators are welcome to view the sand castles throughout the event.

21. San Diego Bay Parade of Boats

San Diego is a unique place to celebrate Christmas. Since its only snowed 5 times over the past 125 years, Christmas is marked by holiday decoration instead of frozen precipitation.

Although, travelers have the opportunity to ice skate on the beach (Hotel del Coronado), make sand angels instead of snow angels, and view a holiday pet parade, one of the most festive ways to celebrate with locals is to attend the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights presented by the local boating community.

For over 50 years, 80 owners extravagantly decorate their boats for over 100,000 spectators. There is no cost to view the parade, however it gets a little brisk by the sea in the evening so make sure to bring a sweater!

What are the Best Nerdy Tours & Classes?

22. Falconry Experience Over the Beach

Although this falconry experience doesn’t involve fighting with the Avengers and donning Captain America’s vibranium shield, it will definitely show you the power Falcons and how they influenced Marvel character Sam Wilson to become The Falcon.

Wilson’s adventure started when he took his adopted pet Falcon, Redwing, to the tropics for a hunting expedition only to discover that the the other hunters were former Nazis with nefarious plans (w/supervillain Red Skull).

Your adventure will start when you visit the majestic cliffs of La Jolla to free fly falcons over the sea. After that, who knows where your adventure will lead?

In this experience you will learn how to call and release trained birds using a falconry glove, get an up-close view of simulated hunting behaviors, and admire the aerial skills of swooping, ground-skimming, & high speed diving. Additionally there will be plenty of time for questions and pictures with the birds!

23. Olympic Training Center Tour

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center opened in 1995 as an Olympic Training Center. In the mid-80s, the USOC put out a request for a city to bid to raise funds to design and build a warm-weather, sea-level training facility with access to a lake. The San Diego National Sports Training Foundation won the bid and raised funds for the initial phase of development while the Eastlake Company donated 150 acres in eastern Chula Vista. The facility was then gifted to the U.S. Olympic Committee to own and operate. The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center was the first center to be master-planned from the ground up as an Olympic Training Center and is dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Ground was broken on the facility in 1990 and it officially opened in June 1995. Since then, the training center has benefited thousands of Olympians, Paralympians, Olympic & Paralympic hopefuls, numerous community groups, and countless visitors from around the world.

24. Gaslamp Historic True Crime Tour

Lights, camera, MURDER! Explore Hollywood and uncover the secrets of this world famous neighborhood.

Explore the dark underbelly of Hollywood with the ultimate Haunted Hollywood walking tour. As the sun sets over Hollywood, you will be led on a fright filled walk down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams to visit haunted hotels, theaters, and landmarks.

If you love Hollywood, the paranormal, or true crime – this is the tour for y…Crea

25. Create Tiny Ceramics on a Mini Potters Wheel

Join me in the land of miniatures. You will learn how and get to create tiny pottery on a mini pottery wheel. No previous pottery experience necessary! 

Overlooking a beautiful canyon with vistas of mountains east of San Diego, you will experience the green of fruit trees and birdsong, in this relaxing indoor outdoor art studio.

This experience includes clay, glazing and firing of the clay. You will get to choose one color of glaze per pot. The clay cannot be taken home at the time of the class because it must be kiln fired. The turn around is about a week for drying, glazing, and firing. If you are visiting from out of town, I will be able to ship it to you for a minimum of $10/box. If you are local, I will contact you to know when they are ready to pick up. Depending on your location, we can also set up a time to meet up so I can get you back your miniature creations.

26. Bees By the Bay – Hive Dive

Step aside Winnie-the-Poo, we’re leaving the hundred acre wood and entering the world of suburban beekeeping!

In this Bee-ginning level Beekeeping Class you will have the opportunity to peek inside a hive, see how bees live, learn about creating honey & beeswax, harvest popular products, and, of course, eat some honey. Just remember to have fun and bee yourself!

27. Food Tours!

If you’re the type to fantasize about eating at places like Pizza Planet and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, we recommend exploring San Diego’s delicious, vibrant, and innovative culinary scene on one (or both!) of two highly popular food tours:

A Food and Art Walk Through Barrio Logan

Discover the neighborhood of Barrio Logan, the hidden gem of San Diego, while eating and drinking your way through one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. In between tastings your local tour guide will give you a chance to explore a neighborhood that is loaded with incredible street art, one of a kind boutique shops and some of the best food and drinks in San Diego. It’s time to eat some killer food and understand the culture of San Diego.

Carlsbad Food Tours

Eat Like a Local with Carlsbad Historic Walking Food Tours 6 delicious food & wine tastings. Receive an insider’s view into the culture, history and architecture that defines the Carlsbad. Included in the guided walking tour is also our popular Tasting Guide via a QR code, which features valuable maps, exclusive guest coupons and discounts. You will learn about the origins of Carlsbad while you sample unique local favorites.

Join us on our stroll through one of the most beautiful seaside villages while creating memories you cannot forget. We will highlight the historical sites and mural art along the way.

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Stay?

27. Golden Hill Tree House

Sleep among the tree branches in this luxury, urban oasis inspired treehouse. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated as you enjoy the calming interior design, fantastic views of the Coronado islands & Mexico, a window niche with streams of natural light for quality reading, and a deep soaker bathtub with double shower heads.

Additionally, you can easily walk to some delicious restaurants or take a quick Uber to some of the best of San Diego, including downtown, the beach and the zoo!

28. Tiny Home

With nearly perfect weather year round, San Diego is the ideal location to enjoy outdoor living with an emphasis on minimalism. This tiny home, happily situated near the center of the city, is not only artfully designed on the interior, but also situated in an inviting paradisiacal garden. After a long day of adventuring around the nerdiest parts of San Diego, take some time to relax in the hammock, get cozy in the hot tub or by the fire pit, and enjoy wildlife in the fish pond.

Centrally located to the east of Downtown San Diego this Airbnb is close to both the trolly and bus lines leading to nearby cities: South Park, North Park, and Hillcrest.

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Eat in San Diego?

29. Shakespeare Pub

“Friendship makes us fresh” – William Shakespeare

British comfort food made from scratch that’s so good Brits in America claim that the flavors are “just like home.” Don’t just take our word for it, the Fish & Chips have won many awards over the years, including 2017 Best Fish & Chips in the US.

The interior is a traditional English Tudor style pub with a beverage list of the most popular brands in Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and the US. One distinguishing characteristic of the pub is its beer engine. One of the only establishments in San Diego to have one, the engine allows the pub to sell cask-conditioned beer, often referred to as ‘real ale’.

30. Trailer Park After Dark

Downtown bar located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego highlighting the grit and glitter of trailer park life. They offer nightly specials, entertainment, comfort food, specialty cocktails and an ambience that will make you want to cut those jeans into shorts and bust out the Oakleys! You can reserve one of three trailers (themed by decade – 60’s, 70’s and 80’s) or just show up to grab a bite.

31. Animae

Attention Japanese culture lovers! We have a hot spot for you.

This Animae shop is hardly cartoonish, in fact it’s a world-class steakhouse restaurant owned and operated by celebrity chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. This sophisticated West Coast Steakhouse has strong Asian culinary influences and is one of the few restaurants in San Diego that serves Japan’s finest A5 wagyu beef.

32. One Door North

If you occasionally find yourself missing quaint childhood scout campouts or spirited renaissance fair encampments, One Door North will warm your heart and fill your stomach.

This natural themed restaurant prides itself on locally sourcing ingredients and serving a rotating menu featuring foods in season. Not only is the menu sustainably minded, but also homespun flavor focused with options like: mini corn bread muffins, a giant Bavarian pretzel​, and flat iron stake.

Also, if you bring kids or want to feel like a kid yourself, make sure to order the S’mores platter for dessert!

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Drink in San Diego?

33. Battle Mage Brewing

If you tend to choose a bar based on the quality of the fictional lore written about its historic & distinguished origin, then BattleMage Brewing is the perfect place for you! You can find said lore on their website, or just click here.

If you need further points to prove the heroic aspirations of this bar, consider the following:

  • Beer samplers are served on wooden battle axes
  • Beverage glasses have an epic wizard engraving
  • Bar seating includes a replica Game of Thrones sward chair (and enjoy a variety of other swords)
  • Walls are covered with Magic the Gathering cards
  • Drink menus have highly creative theming
  • Toilet paper roll holders are dragons
  • Dungeons & Dragons tournaments are held regularly

Choose your drink by rolling a D20 – oh wow you’ve leveled up!!

34. Brewski’s Bar & Arcade

If your idea of having a good time includes of playing classic arcade games, pinball, pool and air hockey while drinking craft beverages & cocktails, then Brewski’s Bar & Arcade is the place for you! Enjoy weekly beer pong tournaments. trivia nights and all UFC events (on PPV) from the retro-industrial bar room or spacious outdoor patio.

35. Punch Bowl Social

The former Coliseum Athletic Club in Makers Quarter, this famous boxing marquee turned Punch Bowl Social San Diego now has the spotlight on people vs. food; people vs. shots and people vs. games in true Cali style.

Here, you’ll find scratch dishes, an infamous 360 bar with craft cocktails and games like bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke and bocce ball.

Everyone is a winner. Corn hole, bowling, ping pong, darts arcade games. It’s time for some spontaneous, real-world funning.

36. The Office

The physical & cultural landscape of the 9-5 ‘daily grind’ or ‘rat race’ has changed in just the last decade. With smart phones, laptop computers & WiFi- we’ve adopted ways to be productive anywhere, anytime. The typical office as portrayed in movies & television is not-so-typical anymore…thinking outside the cubicle is to be expected (The Office has free WiFi & places to power up).

We can all agree that we’ve imagined this scene: kicking our feet up in the boss’s office, sitting in a leather throne behind a walnut desk, cocktail in hand (cue AMC’s hit show Mad Men). The concept behind The Office Bar combines the comfort and personality of a classic cocktail lounge with the a twist: you’re the boss!

Celebrities in shock instagram account , musician performances, karaoke

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Shop?

37. Calico Games

This place has pretty much all your gaming needs at a reasonably to very good price! Very few selections for newer games but the selection for older classic games are HUGE! Cashier was also very friendly and helpful, I HIGHLY recommend this place if you’re looking for that one hidden gem or if you’re just gonna browse around.

This place is great, a huge selection of games from semi-modern all the way back to Atari generation. Prices are reasonable and every game I’ve bought from them has worked. You can even find things like old Nintendo Power magazines from the ’80s. Wish I’d found out about these guys sooner! A nostalgia trip back to memory lane. They had all my childhood games and systems. I had to buy my first Christmas morning videogame that I opened up when I was a kid in 1989. They are friendly and very helpful and always have great stock of games.

38. Verbatim Books

If Verbatim Books was a person, she would be that really close friend with a ton of personality and who doesn’t care a &$*# what anyone else thinks of her.

The bookstore primarily serves the used or second hand market however they DO NOT do business over Instagram or Amazon. You can feel really good about supporting small business, and with a selection of over 35,000 books and zines, you definitely won’t feel limited by the options.

Verbatim is responsible for many of local literary events such as the North Park Book Fair and the San Diego Book Crawl (check out their events page to see the latest!). Although they won’t host individual authors for signings (to avoid favoritism), they host large readings or performances for groups of authors, local authors, musicians, performers, artists, and poets.

39. TC’s Rockets

If you loved the childhood feeling of running down massive toy aisles, digging through comic book stacks, and peering into action figured collectable filled glass cases, then you have something in common with TC’s Rockets owner Steve Lirley.

He created the comic book shop to recreate the joys of childhood for an adult customer. Inside you can find anything and everything geek, nerd, or pop culture related. The shop hosts events for gamers almost every hour of the day – if you’re looking for a strong, welcoming nerd community in San Diego, this is the place to find it.

Additionally, there is a pizza & sub shop next door

Conclusion

Ok townies! We hope you’re ready to get out and try some of these nerdy things in San Diego. Whether you’re a fan of games, film, magical witchcraft, or all of the above, there’s something for everyone in Sunny San Diego.

How to Decorate a Hotel Room for a Birthday (His or Her)

Looking to add a little BIRTHDAY sparkle to your humdrum hotel room?

You’re in the right place!

Here’s what you’ll find on this page…

One Sentence Summary:

This page contains the steps needed to decorate a hotel room for a birthday, tips & tricks, easy birthday decoration theme ideas, and common mistakes to keep in mind.

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  1. How to Choose the Location (Hotel, Motel, or Bed & Breakfast)
  2. Prep the Room
  3. Choose a Theme or Use One of Ours!
  4. Execute the Surprise

Other Information: For more information on hotel rules you don’t want to break while decorating, a recommended list of hotels that will decorate for you, and more, please see our Ultimate Guide on How to Decorate a Hotel Room.

Step 1: Choose a location (Motel, Bed & Breakfast or Hotel)

Why Choose a Hotel?

Hotels are typically well established and conveniences oriented than other accommodations. They offer high quality amenities, a variety of room styles & sizes, considerate customer service.

Alternatively, hotels are often more expensive than a motel and less personal than a bed & breakfast.

When it comes to decorating for a birthday, a hotel room is the perfect “blank canvas” because of the neutral color themes commonly used and abundance of lighting. Adorn your room with ease and rest assured that when it comes to clean up, as long as you don’t leave an egregious mess, the hospitality staff will take care of it. We recommend verifying an individual hotel’s decoration cleanliness policy before making a reservation.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for birthday benefits! See our recommendations in the Quick Tip below.

  • Quick Tip – Before you check in, ask the hotel what types of birthday perks they offer. Many hotels will offer one or many of the following:
    • Room Discount (typically 20%)
    • Upgrading to a larger room or room with a view
    • Birthday packages including extra amenities or additional perks
    • Offering a special birthday menu for the birthday person (in the restaurant or through room service)
    • Late check out
    • Access to the spa or sauna
    • Decoration packages (the hotel will decorate and clean up for an extra charge)

Why Choose a motel?

Motels are ideal if you need to take a short stop while on the road. Although they offer less amenities, they are often more convenient, private, and inexpensive than a hotel. Additionally, the staff typically have a better pulse on local unique restaurants, activities, and shopping.

When it comes to decorating for a birthday, a motel room should have all basic necessities. Since the standard room decor may not be as quality as other accommodations, you may want to add more decorations to improve the birthday vibe.

Motel staff are typically not as accommodating as hotel staff when it comes to decorating & clean up, so we definitely recommend understanding the facility’s policy before check-in.

  • Quick Tip – Utilize motel staff to make your birthday travel experience extra unique. Make sure to ask them for recommendations in the following areas:
    • Restaurants & shopping
    • Finding local tours or subject matter experts
    • Discovering “locals only” experiences and activities
    • Famous locations to visit in the area

Why Choose a Bed & Breakfast?

Bed & breakfasts are ideal for a relaxing, low stress birthday trip. They tend to have more charming features with amenity offerings that can be either highly unique & personal, or very minimal. You will need to do extra research and coordinate with staff to understand the options.

Since these locations often have small owner-operated staff, they require some extra effort from guests in the form of personal clean up check-out policies. Large messes can yield high fees at checkout.

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Step 2: Prep the Room

How do you Set Up a Hotel Room in Secret?

If you’re trying to surprise the birthday boy or girl with your decorations, there are a few approaches you can take:

  • Have someone else decorate the room for you
  • Go early and decorate the room yourself
  • Ask the hotel staff to decorate the room for you
  • Pay a service to decorate the room for you (we recommend Uberoom)

How do you Decorate like a Designer?

The objective of your decorations is to make the hotel room look personalized, inviting and festive.

Before you check in, study pictures of the room from the website or a review site. If there are aspects of the hotel room that you don’t like, then cover them with things that you do like.

For example, common curtains, bedding, pillows, and lighting can easily be disguised with thoughtful embellishments. Bring your own comfortable pillows, purchase a themed throw blanket, or cover the curtains with a quality backdrop.

Further improve the ambiance by appealing to all of the senses: play fun music, open a delicious smelling air freshener (we recommend against candles because they can set off the fire alarm), turn on a themed video or picture on the TV, and hang additional mood lighting.

Remember that most hotel rooms come with a coffee pot, microwave, and/or refrigerator. These items can be used to creatively enhance your decor by allowing you to include small touches such as making small desserts, keeping flowers fresh, or cooking small pre-packaged meals.

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Step 3: Choose a Theme

The most meaningful birthday themes are based on the preferences and interests of the birthday boy or girl. When planning how to decorate your hotel room, we recommend basing your decorations on one of their favorite hobbies, interests, fandoms, or pieces of media (shows, movies, musicians, etc).

However, some people don’t have obvious interests or wouldn’t appreciate a party based on their interests (for example: if my husband has another Golf themed party he’s going to lose it…).

If that sounds like your birthday person, then feel free to use one of our Birthday inspired party themes below.

If you’re looking to set a more romantic mood with your decorations, see this page on Romantic Ways to Decorate a Hotel Room.

Balloon Bash

Blow up a birthday bash with delicious treats, colorful decor and a large Pop of pizzaz! Start by covering curtains and doorways with shimmery silver foil curtains and a large metallic “Happy Birthday” balloon.

Open the cake scented, dog balloon animal air freshener and dim the lights. Hang twinkle lights around the space and set out the party favors (blow pops and balloon helicopters). Further set the mood by playing some music from this Spotify playlist and using this Youtube video on the TV.

Finish the room by tossing a few mug cakes in the microwave and topping them with colorful “Happy Birthday” candles. Don’t forget to wrap your balloon animal dog sculpture gift!

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Cake Fight

Whether you want to fight with cake or just cake shaped pillows, this Cake Fight party decor will knock your sox off.

Hang the vivid sprinkles wall decals around the room and the colorful hanging paper lanterns on the ceiling. Plug in your personalized cupcake light and blow up the silvery “Happy Birthday” balloons. Improve the ambiance even more by playing some music from this Spotify playlist and using this Youtube video on the TV.

Save the best sweet touches for last: mini cake charms, birthday cake popcorn, and the cupcake pinata. Once the cake sling shot gift is opened all bets are off!

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Step 4: Execute the Surprise

Once the room is fully decorated, it’s time to execute the big reveal!

Hopefully the birthday person doesn’t know about your decorations ahead of time. If they do know or suspect something, we recommend charging ahead anyway! A fun decorated room is a thoughtful gesture and will still make them feel appreciated.

If they don’t know about your decorations and you’re trying to maintain the secret, we recommend doing the following to avoid making any mistakes:

  • Make sure the front desk doesn’t give away the surprise! If you have checked in earlier and already have the key, either ask the front desk ahead of time to be discrete when you check in or pretend to check in while the birthday person waits somewhere else.
  • Talk about things that make it seem like you haven’t been in this place before. Comment on fun or interesting features of the hotel.
  • Ask the birthday person to open the door to the room door. This is pretty easy to do if you offer to carry most of the bags/luggage.

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Killer Airbnb Experiences Found In The Bay Area

Ever since I moved to the Bay Area, I’ve been on the search for unique local experiences. Wouldn’t you know? I found the best ones on the tech platform darling that started in the heart of downtown San Francisco – Airbnb.

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area cities but don’t know where to start?

I’ve searched high and low to find some of the best and most interesting experiences available on the Airbnb platform. Check out these incredible options for your next vacation and make sure to take as many pictures as possible!

What are the Best Airbnb Experiences in Downtown SF (San Francisco)?

What are the Best Airbnb Experiences in the Bay Area?

Silent Disco Beach Yoga at Baker Beach

Baker Beach, CA

If you’re looking for a unique experience, look no further than Silent Disco Beach Yoga.

This event is held on weekends at Baker Beach, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga in silence. You’ll be wearing wireless headphones that allow you to hear instructions from your instructor while also hearing music from local DJs.

It’s an awesome way to get active and enjoy San Francisco city scenery while listening to some great tunes.

Haunted SF Ghost Hunting and True Crime

Experience San Francisco’s ghostly history first hand! This real ghost hunt through old Chinatown and Gold Rush alleys will allow you the opportunity to use modern ghost hunting tools to seek communication with local spirits (tools include a Spirit Box, dowsing rods, and an EMF detector during the tour).

Start the tour after dark at the Transamerica Pyramid and follow your guide through spooky alleys, mystical neighborhoods, and nefarious street corners.

Visit Gold Rush cemeteries, listen to stories of paranormal activity after mysterious deaths, visit the site of an ignominious mass slaughter, and learn of Gold Rush–era apparitions who still remain in our realm.

Ramen Making Party in the Mission

The Bay Area is one of the best places in the USA to be if you like ramen. With many of the top ramen spots in the country located here, it’s no wonder people come from all over to try them.

If you’re looking for something more authentic than purchasing a steamy, large bowl of soup, try this an awesome experience that gives guests the chance to make their own ramen noodles at home! You’ll learn all about how ramen noodles are made, make some yourself, and take home some delicious recipes!

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Private Tour of San Francisco’s Iconic Queen Anne Architecture

The Queen Anne architectural period was named after Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who was born in 1689 at 10 Downing Street (the residence of British Prime Minister). She became friends with King George II, and the style later became known as “Queen Anne” because of this friendship between them.

On this tour you’ll get an insider’s look at some of the most famous buildings in San Francisco, including those featured in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Princess Diaries.

Dyeing a Scarf With Local California Plants

This craft experience has been getting rave reviews from travelers who love to do something a little different and creative. It’s fun and easy, and you get to take home your own piece of art at the end! You’ll get everything you need to dye scarves in beautiful colors using plants like acorns, eucalyptus leaves, and coffee berry bush leaves.

Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is one of California’s most beautiful and unique cities, known for its natural beauty and laidback attitude. It’s also one of the best places to explore the outdoors and find a wide variety of edible plants, including mushrooms. This tour will take you on a 1-3 mile hike through the woods where you can learn how to identify food in nature and sample some delicious wild edibles. You can even bring home some extra treats for your next meal!

Sonoma Winery Hop in a Vintage VW Bus

Many people make their way to Sonoma County to do wine tastings, but if you want to get there in style and with retro flair, check out this Vintage VW bus experience on Airbnb. You’ll have time to explore each winery before getting back on board to head over to another one.

The owner will drive you around and show you interesting spots along the way. Tasting fees are not included and will be charged at each winery.

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39 Surprisingly Nerdy Things to do Now in San Diego

Attention all Potterheads, Oompa Loompas, Narnians, Whos (down in Whoville) and just about anyone else you can think of in the nerd-dom who is planning to spend time in San Diego!

Are you looking for something entertaining, fun, and just a tad bit nerdy to do in San Diego?

This guide will show you exactly how to make your next trip to “America’s Finest City” a truly memorable travel experience. All activities are within two hours from the city proper. You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy this list but if you are a nerd, then these activities are definitely for you:

Interest-Based Nerdy Travel Experiences

Standard Travel Needs – Nerdy Style

About The Author

Hi, I’m Kate.

I started planning unique travel experiences way back in 2008.

And I quickly realized that quirky, nerdy experiences were going to be a big part of my travel planning success.

So I set out to explore as much as I could.

And thanks to years of reading and experimenting, I’ve had a ton of success with travel planning…

…including the top 3 performing nerdy guides on this site:

  1. Nerdy Experiences in Washington DC
  2. Nerdy Experiences in Boston
  3. Nerdy Experiences in Los Angeles

Check out these ideas in San Diego and you could have an awesome trip planned within the next 20 minutes.

What are the Top Nerdy Experiences Unique to San Diego?

1. Best Nerd Convention: Comic-Con

Most self-respecting nerds have fantasized about attending the original San Diego comic-con. Nothing can compare joining 130,000 of the most committed fans in the world, wearing full designer cosplay for, four days of unique, immersive pop culture experiences.

If cosplay and rare comic books aren’t your thing, even the most casual nerds will appreciate the breadth of pop culture activities to enjoy:

  • Blockbuster film actors, directors, and crew panels
  • Future potential TV & movie project screenings
  • Unique vendor shops
  • Funky photo ops

Activities appeal to virtually all genre interests including: horror, Western animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, books, sci-fi, and fantasy.

2. Best Nerd Museum: Comic-Con Museum

Connect with the magic of Comic-Con all year round!

The Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park was designed to give nerds and non-nerds alike an opportunity to learn about new art and pop culture. The museum’s mission is to express the unique aggregation of passion, creativity, science, technology, art and imagination found at the convention each year.

Visitors have the opportunity to see memorabilia from comics, Sci-Fi, TV shows, books, video games, anime, and more in classic museum format in addition to participating in classes, activities, movie screenings, trivia contests and programs available online anytime.

3. Best Retro Gaming Bar: Coin Haus

Pour yourself a beer (or a few!) at the self-service beer bar and lose yourself in a warehouse full of classic arcade games. Before you go, make sure to check the website for nightly specials and remember that video games are free during happy hour!

4. Best Childhood Throwback: Dr Seuss Legacy

Photo Credit: Stephen Bay Photography

From early childhood, many of us grew up with the whimsical rhymes, funny illustrations, and imaginative messages of Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. A legacy tribute to the author of the nerdy catchphrase “you have to be odd to be number one” is definitely worthy of this nerdy list.

Theodore Geisel spent many of his working years living and creating in La Jolla, CA. After his death much of his estate was left to UC San Diego.

Today, visitors can immerse themselves in his life and creative inspirations at a few places in La Jolla:

  • Geisel Library at UC San Diego: The Dr Suess Collection (including nearly 20,000 items ranging from original drawings, sketches, proofs, notebooks, and other memorabilia) is typically not available for public viewing, however it is displayed temporarily during March (Dr. Seuss’ birthday) and in the summer.
  • Former Personal Residence: Gifted to UCSD upon his death. 7301 Encelia Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Space Invaders Hunt

This downtown art installation is a reverse of the original Space Invaders game: instead of being charged by aliens, you charge the aliens.

Beginning as an exhibit for the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art called “Viva la Revolution: A Dialogue with the Urban Environment”, this Space Invaders themed installation has become a modern-day scavenger hunt for gamers and treasure hunters alike.

The exhibit featured a French muralist known for creating mosaic murals of the classic space “invader” icon in urban environments. His contribution to the exhibit featured 21 icons around the city. Following the map in the link above, invader-seekers can still find most of the original mosaics as they explore San Diego’s downtown urban landscape.

6. Best Tech Nerd Store: Geeks Candy Shop

If Willy Wonka made IT equipment instead of Chocolate, his factory would look something like Geeks Candy Shop. Although the sweetness only comes from the amazing deals on all things techy (laptops to servers to monitors and even power cables), the knowledgeable staff is very helpful and merchandise well-organized like a candy factory.

Feel like a kid in a candy shop Its like eBay but without the shipping hassles!

7. Best Nerdy Toy Store: ComicKazi

If you like your nerd toys in the way Harry Potter likes his godfather, Serious, then this shop is for you! This high-quality, low-frills shop has everything you need for the best shopping experience imaginable: massive inventory selection, knowledgeable & helpful staff, and fair pricing (even on limited edition release items!).

What are the Best Nerdy Local Cultural Experiences?

8. Essential San Diego Museums

San Diego has a wide variety of museums due to the city hosting the 1915 Panama Exposition. After the exposition, many of the buildings were turned into museums. When selecting museums for your trip, these are our favorites:

**It’s important to note that February is San Diego Museum month where most museums have discounted or free admission.

  • USS Midway Museum – A unique opportunity to see the formerly confidential interiors of one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers of the 20th century. You will tour the ship through the sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, hanger deck and flight deck via a self guided audio tour. We recommend taking time to listen to the tours and presentations by docents, taking a test flight in the simulators, and seeing retired planes on the flight deck. This museum should be a high priority on any San Diego activity list!
  • Fleet Science Center – Experience fundamental science principles in light, perception, physics, technology and engineering. This hands on museum teaches through interactive exhibits that appeal to adults and children alike. Plus there is a 76 foot Imax theater with immersive educational films.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum – The San Diego Natural History Museum (known as NAT) features the ecological, environmental, and biological history of the Southern California and Baja California regions. You will get to see the allosaurus cast (named “Al”), scavenger hunts in Fossil Mysteries, the Foucault Pendulum, drawing skulls on the gigantic chalkboard, movies in the Giant-Screen Theater and more!
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps – As an active research facility, the Birch Aquarium features the most current findings in oceanography. Visitors learn about fishes and invertebrates through hands-on exhibits, outdoor tide pools full of Swell Sharks, Round Rays & Pink Abalone, and expert lead on-site programming.
  • Museum of Us – Dedicated to the anthropology of the human experience from multicultural perspective. Besides housing several interesting and unique temporary exhibits with subjects that cover everything from 10,000 years of beer-brewing history to “Cannibals: Myth & Reality,” the museum is known for having one of the most extensive collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the U.S (including one of only 6 Ptolemaic child’s coffins and several authentic mummies).

9. Bonfire Nights on the Bay

Twilight is one of the most magical times to enjoy the ocean. The slightly brisk salty breeze will make you want to curl up in a cozy chair with a glass of wine, next to a warm fire and enjoy the company of locals and fellow travelers.

In this affordable Airbnb experience, you show up to the bay and let your host take care of the rest – It even includes s’mores!

10. Sunset Surfing with A Cali Surf Bro

Although nerds aren’t stereotypically the most athletic bunch, they are typically comfortable being the newbie, or in this case maybe the “hodad”, and trying a new way of life that is different from their own.

San Diego surf culture is definitely a way of life.

In this Airbnb experience you will grab a board, learn basic surfing techniques, and feel the freedom of California’s favorite ocean sport. Within two hours you will be able to stand on your surfboard and maybe even “shoot the curl”!

What are the Best Nerdy Theater, Film & Shows?

11. Rooftop Cinema Club

Sunsets, skylines, elevated food & drink and cutting-edge sound is THE NEW way to immerse yourself in the magic of urban cinema.

Enter Rooftop Cinema Club.

This downtown outdoor theater screens cults, classics, and new releases in a picturesque metropolitan environment. Although there are opportunities to interact with other audience members before the film via games, prizes, talent Q&As, and sing-a-longs, the cinematic experience is paramount. Each guest is given a state-of-the-art audio headset to ensure they catch every last word in the feature film.

Don’t forget to grab some of the unique snacks and a craft cocktail or beer!

12. The Prestige – Magic Lounge & Showroom

Mix magic, mystery and humor in this interactive dinner show experience in the Gaslamp District of Downtown. You’ll start in an elegant lounge with amateur magician bartenders who perform coin & card tricks. As you wait for the show to begin, explore the décor and learn the history of magic.

When the reservation begins, you will be guided into the showroom dinner parlor through a secret entrance. Enjoy the three course meal of a salad, entree, and dessert with menu options for all taste preferences & dietary restrictions. Finally, you’ll experience a puzzling & mystifying magic show from an awarded magician. You are guaranteed to leave interested and amazed – The Prestige offers a unique experience to be remembered!

13. The Sugar Factory & Theatre Box Movie Theater

Make your next cinematic flick even sweeter with the ultimate menu of saccharine-loaded treat options! This is the recipe for a syrupy, delicious evening:

  1. Order dinner – we recommend selecting one of the rainbow options (burgers, pancakes, or tie dye milkshakes)
  2. Visit the sweet shop (literally every candy imaginable)
  3. Grab a beverage at the bar (um… 36-ounce alcohol infused smoking candy goblet?? Yes please!)
  4. Head to the chic theater complex attached for your feature entertainment

14. Top Gun Filming Locations

If you like your movies to have fast planes, g-force, and cheesy beach football games, then a visit to the filming locations from Top Gun is a must-do San Diego attraction.

Click on the links below to see specific locations (Google Maps geo links).

From Top Gun: Maverick, you can visit the following filming sites: Naval Air Station North Island, I-Bar (Hard Deck Bar), Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and Highway 1.

If your interested in sites from the original Top Gun, we recommend The Top Gun House (now a bakery!), Liberty Station, and Kansas City Barbecue.

What are the Best Nerdy Nature Experiences?

15. Arabian Horse Experience

Whether its Arod (Legolas’ horse in Lord of the Rings), Roach (Geralt’s horse in the Witcher), or Stayer (Perrin’s horse in the Wheel of Time) having a sturdy steed is an essential element of fantasy literature.

Known for their appealing physical appearance, endurance, gentleness, and speed Arabian horses are the oldest breed known to man (dating back to 3000 BC). The Arabian breed is featured in the heartfelt family classic The Black Stallion.

In this Airbnb experience a true enthusiast will give you the full lowdown on this exceptional animal. You will start with the biology, history, pedigree, and maintenance of Arabian horses and end with a full feeding and riding session. Plus, your host will give you Arabian coffee with customary fruit and nuts.

All skill levels are welcome and don’t forget to see the fish, chickens, pheasants, quails, ducks, turkeys and parrots on the property.

16. Harper’s Topiary Garden

Step into the closet of a magical world where instead of being turned into stone, animals are turned into lush, green bushes. And instead of an evil witch seeking for power, a kindly set of gardeners makes creations to beautify the world.

Thanks to over 15 years of work from the Harper family, visiting their Topiary Garden may make you feel like your in the magical land of Narnia.

For those who don’t have a natural green thumb, Topiary is…

The horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful.

The term also refers to plants which have been shaped in this way.

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When you visit this home in Mission Hills, San Diego you’ll see 50 different creations in the garden art gallery including: a whale, bunnies, a dog, a dinosaur, and an entire herd of elephants.

Anyone is welcome to enjoy this outdoor art exhibit, but if you visit please respect the privacy of the owners & their creations.

What are the Best Nerdy Rides, Escape Rooms & Virtual Experiences?

17. Legoland

Did you know that the best nerd toy ever has its own theme park?

If you have kids under the age of 12 – definitely go! Your kids will love it.

If you don’t have kids but love LEGOs, fantastic ambiance, light roller coasters, Botanical Gardens, and getting access to exclusive LEGO sets you should probably consider making a stop.

One of the most impressive highlights of the park is seeing the many awesome LEGO structures, buildings, and characters in MiniLand & around the park.

  • Star Wars: Continually expanding and diversifying the mini-Empire—like the scale model of the Death Star, a 1,900-pound masterpiece made with half a million plastic bricks. Check out LEGO-constructed landscapes like the Jawa sandcrawler on Tatooine, an underwater Opee sea killer on Naboo, and displays of the planet Jakku from The Force Awakens.
  • Mini-city: Visit New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Washington DC all in one place.
  • Famous Figures: See busts of famous personalities, including William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth II, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington made out of Lego blocks.

18. Belmont Park

Belmont Park is a historic amusement park located on the ocean’s front of Mission Beach. The park was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925 as the Mission Beach Amusement Center.

Located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego’s only beachfront amusement and entertainment center! From the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster to the dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the quintessential Southern California beach experience.

Take a stroll through the park and grab a Monster Waffle Cone then check out all the action on the Boardwalk. Sit down for a delicious bite to eat or one of 69 beers on tap at Draft South Mission after a fun-filled day of mini golf, rock climbing, and rides. No matter your age, the park has something everyone in the family can enjoy. However you choose to spend your day, Belmont Park is the best way to play!

19. Lockdown Escape Rooms

Visit some of the best, fully immersive escape game experiences in San Diego! Over the years Lockdown has become an enthusiast favorite due to quality design, unique puzzles, interesting storylines, and attention to detail.

You and your group can test your logical reasoning, mental finesse, and intelligence in one of four great themes at the Hillcrest location: Medieval, Western, Voodoo and Science.

Spots are limited, so book your game ASAP!

What are the Best Festivals, Conventions, and Live Events in San Diego?

20. Sand Castle Building Competition

If you like artsy reality TV shows (think baking, fashion design, glass blowing, etc), then you will love the in-person Sand Castle Building Competition in Imperial Beach, CA. Every June the finest Sand Castle artists in San Diego and the USA gather for a two day tournament of sandy grit and skill.

Competition events consist of a breakfast with the Mayor, exhibition of sand castle construction, the Sand Castle Ball, and a Winners Award ceremony. Spectators are welcome to view the sand castles throughout the event.

21. San Diego Bay Parade of Boats

San Diego is a unique place to celebrate Christmas. Since its only snowed 5 times over the past 125 years, Christmas is marked by holiday decoration instead of frozen precipitation.

Although, travelers have the opportunity to ice skate on the beach (Hotel del Coronado), make sand angels instead of snow angels, and view a holiday pet parade, one of the most festive ways to celebrate with locals is to attend the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights presented by the local boating community.

For over 50 years, 80 owners extravagantly decorate their boats for over 100,000 spectators. There is no cost to view the parade, however it gets a little brisk by the sea in the evening so make sure to bring a sweater!

What are the Best Nerdy Tours & Classes?

22. Falconry Experience Over the Beach

Although this falconry experience doesn’t involve fighting with the Avengers and donning Captain America’s vibranium shield, it will definitely show you the power Falcons and how they influenced Marvel character Sam Wilson to become The Falcon.

Wilson’s adventure started when he took his adopted pet Falcon, Redwing, to the tropics for a hunting expedition only to discover that the the other hunters were former Nazis with nefarious plans (w/supervillain Red Skull).

Your adventure will start when you visit the majestic cliffs of La Jolla to free fly falcons over the sea. After that, who knows where your adventure will lead?

In this experience you will learn how to call and release trained birds using a falconry glove, get an up-close view of simulated hunting behaviors, and admire the aerial skills of swooping, ground-skimming, & high speed diving. Additionally there will be plenty of time for questions and pictures with the birds!

23. Olympic Training Center Tour

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center opened in 1995 as an Olympic Training Center. In the mid-80s, the USOC put out a request for a city to bid to raise funds to design and build a warm-weather, sea-level training facility with access to a lake. The San Diego National Sports Training Foundation won the bid and raised funds for the initial phase of development while the Eastlake Company donated 150 acres in eastern Chula Vista. The facility was then gifted to the U.S. Olympic Committee to own and operate. The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center was the first center to be master-planned from the ground up as an Olympic Training Center and is dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Ground was broken on the facility in 1990 and it officially opened in June 1995. Since then, the training center has benefited thousands of Olympians, Paralympians, Olympic & Paralympic hopefuls, numerous community groups, and countless visitors from around the world.

24. Gaslamp Historic True Crime Tour

Lights, camera, MURDER! Explore Hollywood and uncover the secrets of this world famous neighborhood.

Explore the dark underbelly of Hollywood with the ultimate Haunted Hollywood walking tour. As the sun sets over Hollywood, you will be led on a fright filled walk down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams to visit haunted hotels, theaters, and landmarks.

If you love Hollywood, the paranormal, or true crime – this is the tour for y…Crea

25. Create Tiny Ceramics on a Mini Potters Wheel

Join me in the land of miniatures. You will learn how and get to create tiny pottery on a mini pottery wheel. No previous pottery experience necessary! 

Overlooking a beautiful canyon with vistas of mountains east of San Diego, you will experience the green of fruit trees and birdsong, in this relaxing indoor outdoor art studio.

This experience includes clay, glazing and firing of the clay. You will get to choose one color of glaze per pot. The clay cannot be taken home at the time of the class because it must be kiln fired. The turn around is about a week for drying, glazing, and firing. If you are visiting from out of town, I will be able to ship it to you for a minimum of $10/box. If you are local, I will contact you to know when they are ready to pick up. Depending on your location, we can also set up a time to meet up so I can get you back your miniature creations.

26. Bees By the Bay – Hive Dive

Step aside Winnie-the-Poo, we’re leaving the hundred acre wood and entering the world of suburban beekeeping!

In this Bee-ginning level Beekeeping Class you will have the opportunity to peek inside a hive, see how bees live, learn about creating honey & beeswax, harvest popular products, and, of course, eat some honey. Just remember to have fun and bee yourself!

27. Food Tours!

If you’re the type to fantasize about eating at places like Pizza Planet and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, we recommend exploring San Diego’s delicious, vibrant, and innovative culinary scene on one (or both!) of two highly popular food tours:

A Food and Art Walk Through Barrio Logan

Discover the neighborhood of Barrio Logan, the hidden gem of San Diego, while eating and drinking your way through one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. In between tastings your local tour guide will give you a chance to explore a neighborhood that is loaded with incredible street art, one of a kind boutique shops and some of the best food and drinks in San Diego. It’s time to eat some killer food and understand the culture of San Diego.

Carlsbad Food Tours

Eat Like a Local with Carlsbad Historic Walking Food Tours 6 delicious food & wine tastings. Receive an insider’s view into the culture, history and architecture that defines the Carlsbad. Included in the guided walking tour is also our popular Tasting Guide via a QR code, which features valuable maps, exclusive guest coupons and discounts. You will learn about the origins of Carlsbad while you sample unique local favorites.

Join us on our stroll through one of the most beautiful seaside villages while creating memories you cannot forget. We will highlight the historical sites and mural art along the way.

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Stay?

27. Golden Hill Tree House

Sleep among the tree branches in this luxury, urban oasis inspired treehouse. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated as you enjoy the calming interior design, fantastic views of the Coronado islands & Mexico, a window niche with streams of natural light for quality reading, and a deep soaker bathtub with double shower heads.

Additionally, you can easily walk to some delicious restaurants or take a quick Uber to some of the best of San Diego, including downtown, the beach and the zoo!

28. Tiny Home

With nearly perfect weather year round, San Diego is the ideal location to enjoy outdoor living with an emphasis on minimalism. This tiny home, happily situated near the center of the city, is not only artfully designed on the interior, but also situated in an inviting paradisiacal garden. After a long day of adventuring around the nerdiest parts of San Diego, take some time to relax in the hammock, get cozy in the hot tub or by the fire pit, and enjoy wildlife in the fish pond.

Centrally located to the east of Downtown San Diego this Airbnb is close to both the trolly and bus lines leading to nearby cities: South Park, North Park, and Hillcrest.

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Eat in San Diego?

29. Shakespeare Pub

“Friendship makes us fresh” – William Shakespeare

British comfort food made from scratch that’s so good Brits in America claim that the flavors are “just like home.” Don’t just take our word for it, the Fish & Chips have won many awards over the years, including 2017 Best Fish & Chips in the US.

The interior is a traditional English Tudor style pub with a beverage list of the most popular brands in Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and the US. One distinguishing characteristic of the pub is its beer engine. One of the only establishments in San Diego to have one, the engine allows the pub to sell cask-conditioned beer, often referred to as ‘real ale’.

30. Trailer Park After Dark

Downtown bar located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego highlighting the grit and glitter of trailer park life. They offer nightly specials, entertainment, comfort food, specialty cocktails and an ambience that will make you want to cut those jeans into shorts and bust out the Oakleys! You can reserve one of three trailers (themed by decade – 60’s, 70’s and 80’s) or just show up to grab a bite.

31. Animae

Attention Japanese culture lovers! We have a hot spot for you.

This Animae shop is hardly cartoonish, in fact it’s a world-class steakhouse restaurant owned and operated by celebrity chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. This sophisticated West Coast Steakhouse has strong Asian culinary influences and is one of the few restaurants in San Diego that serves Japan’s finest A5 wagyu beef.

32. One Door North

If you occasionally find yourself missing quaint childhood scout campouts or spirited renaissance fair encampments, One Door North will warm your heart and fill your stomach.

This natural themed restaurant prides itself on locally sourcing ingredients and serving a rotating menu featuring foods in season. Not only is the menu sustainably minded, but also homespun flavor focused with options like: mini corn bread muffins, a giant Bavarian pretzel​, and flat iron stake.

Also, if you bring kids or want to feel like a kid yourself, make sure to order the S’mores platter for dessert!

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Drink in San Diego?

33. Battle Mage Brewing

If you tend to choose a bar based on the quality of the fictional lore written about its historic & distinguished origin, then BattleMage Brewing is the perfect place for you! You can find said lore on their website, or just click here.

If you need further points to prove the heroic aspirations of this bar, consider the following:

  • Beer samplers are served on wooden battle axes
  • Beverage glasses have an epic wizard engraving
  • Bar seating includes a replica Game of Thrones sward chair (and enjoy a variety of other swords)
  • Walls are covered with Magic the Gathering cards
  • Drink menus have highly creative theming
  • Toilet paper roll holders are dragons
  • Dungeons & Dragons tournaments are held regularly

Choose your drink by rolling a D20 – oh wow you’ve leveled up!!

34. Brewski’s Bar & Arcade

If your idea of having a good time includes of playing classic arcade games, pinball, pool and air hockey while drinking craft beverages & cocktails, then Brewski’s Bar & Arcade is the place for you! Enjoy weekly beer pong tournaments. trivia nights and all UFC events (on PPV) from the retro-industrial bar room or spacious outdoor patio.

35. Punch Bowl Social

The former Coliseum Athletic Club in Makers Quarter, this famous boxing marquee turned Punch Bowl Social San Diego now has the spotlight on people vs. food; people vs. shots and people vs. games in true Cali style.

Here, you’ll find scratch dishes, an infamous 360 bar with craft cocktails and games like bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke and bocce ball.

Everyone is a winner. Corn hole, bowling, ping pong, darts arcade games. It’s time for some spontaneous, real-world funning.

36. The Office

The physical & cultural landscape of the 9-5 ‘daily grind’ or ‘rat race’ has changed in just the last decade. With smart phones, laptop computers & WiFi- we’ve adopted ways to be productive anywhere, anytime. The typical office as portrayed in movies & television is not-so-typical anymore…thinking outside the cubicle is to be expected (The Office has free WiFi & places to power up).

We can all agree that we’ve imagined this scene: kicking our feet up in the boss’s office, sitting in a leather throne behind a walnut desk, cocktail in hand (cue AMC’s hit show Mad Men). The concept behind The Office Bar combines the comfort and personality of a classic cocktail lounge with the a twist: you’re the boss!

Celebrities in shock instagram account , musician performances, karaoke

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Shop?

37. Calico Games

This place has pretty much all your gaming needs at a reasonably to very good price! Very few selections for newer games but the selection for older classic games are HUGE! Cashier was also very friendly and helpful, I HIGHLY recommend this place if you’re looking for that one hidden gem or if you’re just gonna browse around.

This place is great, a huge selection of games from semi-modern all the way back to Atari generation. Prices are reasonable and every game I’ve bought from them has worked. You can even find things like old Nintendo Power magazines from the ’80s. Wish I’d found out about these guys sooner! A nostalgia trip back to memory lane. They had all my childhood games and systems. I had to buy my first Christmas morning videogame that I opened up when I was a kid in 1989. They are friendly and very helpful and always have great stock of games.

38. Verbatim Books

If Verbatim Books was a person, she would be that really close friend with a ton of personality and who doesn’t care a &$*# what anyone else thinks of her.

The bookstore primarily serves the used or second hand market however they DO NOT do business over Instagram or Amazon. You can feel really good about supporting small business, and with a selection of over 35,000 books and zines, you definitely won’t feel limited by the options.

Verbatim is responsible for many of local literary events such as the North Park Book Fair and the San Diego Book Crawl (check out their events page to see the latest!). Although they won’t host individual authors for signings (to avoid favoritism), they host large readings or performances for groups of authors, local authors, musicians, performers, artists, and poets.

39. TC’s Rockets

If you loved the childhood feeling of running down massive toy aisles, digging through comic book stacks, and peering into action figured collectable filled glass cases, then you have something in common with TC’s Rockets owner Steve Lirley.

He created the comic book shop to recreate the joys of childhood for an adult customer. Inside you can find anything and everything geek, nerd, or pop culture related. The shop hosts events for gamers almost every hour of the day – if you’re looking for a strong, welcoming nerd community in San Diego, this is the place to find it.

Additionally, there is a pizza & sub shop next door

Conclusion

Ok townies! We hope you’re ready to get out and try some of these nerdy things in San Diego. Whether you’re a fan of games, film, magical witchcraft, or all of the above, there’s something for everyone in Sunny San Diego.

Best Last Minute Birthday Lunch Ideas at Work

We’ve all been there. It’s Thursday morning, you get into the office, grab your coffee, and check your calendar. Oh shoot! Today is your co-workers birthday. You knew it was coming but you haven’t planned anything!

Time to take action.

Put on your planning hat and don’t forget…

Some of the best birthday work lunches are last minute surprises.
Here’s how to plan one.

A few things to consider before throwing your birthday lunch:

  • See if it’s appropriate for your office culture. You may have to ask around with co-workers and management, because you don’t want to plan something against policy or conflicting with meeting times
  • Don’t be repetitive. If your work team does the same birthday tradition for everyone then go with that, otherwise let your creative juices flow and plan something a little more unique for your birthday co-worker.
  • Consider getting the guest of honor on board. Some people don’t love to be surprised, and the birthday person may prefer to be part of the planning process.

On The Birthday

A Birthday Surprise Lunch Break at a Restaurant

A birthday surprise lunch break at a restaurant is often better than the one thrown in your office kitchen. It’s exciting, special, and you know it will be delicious! It’s also easy to plan:

  • Find a restaurant with a private room or quiet table where you can talk without being overheard.
  • Check out their menu online. Make sure you order food that the birthday person likes and make note of any food allergies.
  • Pick your favorite dishes for everyone to share and make reservations for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Skip Lunch and Go Straight to Dessert!

If you’re someone who is often too busy to eat lunch or has a lot of work to do on a regular basis, then this option can be particularly ideal! Grab some candles and enjoy some time with your coworkers, plus you’ll still have time to get your tasks done that day.

  • Bake your own cake. You can make a delicious chocolate cake in minutes using just cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, hot water and butter or oil. Or use a boxed mix from the store.
  • Order in cupcakes. Many bakeries will deliver cupcakes within one hour if ordered in advance. Contact yours to see if they offer this service and place an order for the day of their birthday—or even better, surprise them by ordering them when everyone else is away from their desk so it’s not obvious that something special is coming.
  • Bring in cake from a fancy bakery. If you know that there’s a bakery near your office that makes exquisite cakes and pastries, consider ordering one for the entire office for the day of their birthday. This way everyone can enjoy it without having to leave the office! The only thing left will be figuring out how much each person should pay since they all enjoyed the dessert together (unless you want to cover it yourself).

Just Drinks!

Does the birthday person sip a beer, or love a glass of wine? Maybe they’re all about stronger stuff like gin and tonic or tequila with lime. If you can find out what their drink of choice is, bring that! Or have everyone pitch in a few dollars to buy them their favorite bottle. You could also go with something less-alcoholic, like a six pack of seltzer or hard cider.

Just make sure to ask around before you buy anything—you don’t want to get something that no one else likes. And remember—don’t forget the glasses!

Week Before The Birthday

If you end up having a little more time to plan the lunch, consider one of these options:

Potluck

One of the best last-minute birthday lunch ideas at work is to organize a potluck. It’s great for big teams and even better if you’re short on time.

Invite everyone – The more people, the merrier!

A good theme makes a potluck more exciting. As an example, we once did an “Avocado and Tomato” potluck where everyone had to bring something with one or both of these ingredients. It was delicious!

Next, make sure you don’t have too many salads and no dessert (or vice versa). The best way to do this is by assigning which category each person will be bringing their food from. Do this in advance so you don’t end up with three chocolate cakes!

It’s also important that you have enough food for everybody. You don’t want your colleague having only a single slice of pizza for lunch when they’re hungry from skipping breakfast earlier in the morning because they were rushing to get their kids ready for school. The best way to prevent this is by doing a headcount beforehand so you can estimate how much food needs to be prepared or ordered in advance – there’s nothing worse than having half of your team go home hungry!

Finally, if other coworkers aren’t able to cook or bring anything with them then ordering takeout might be another option. This way everyone will still enjoy themselves without feeling like there isn’t enough around the table for everyone else too!

Birthday Party in a Box

For this one, you have a lot of freedom. You can start with a simple cardboard box and wrap it in wrapping paper, or buy a gift bag and fill it with lunch items. It’s also nice to include a card, so that your co-worker knows who the box is from and why they’ve received it. This idea works well because you can tailor everything to the recipient’s tastes. For example, if you know your co-worker loves Chinese food, pack them some wontons or noodles into the box along with some chopsticks and fortune cookies for an authentic feel. Or, if your co-worker prefers something more American-style like hamburgers or pizza slices, then by all means throw those in a gift box (along with all of the necessary condiments) to make their day! If you really want to get creative then include napkins as well.

Thoughtful Non-Food Related Ideas

Balloon Bouquet

Balloons are a great last minute birthday idea. They’re festive and fun, and they come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Balloons can be bought at places like party supply stores or supermarkets, making them easy to find. You can even order balloons online for quick delivery or pick-up. One of the best things about balloons is that they are easy to store and transport, making them convenient to have on hand for any last minute birthday celebrations!

Surprise Them in the Parking Lot

If you’re really bad at remembering birthdays, there’s a chance that this last-minute birthday lunch idea will be your first idea. Okay, so it’s more like an after-work surprise than a lunch, but why not make the most of being caught off guard and do something truly memorable? Here are some ways to pull off a parking lot birthday surprise:

  • Get everyone together in the parking lot
  • Decorate their car
  • Put gifts inside the car
  • Send them off with songs or cheering
  • You can even ask everyone to honk their cars’ horns as they drive past

Send a Funky Birthday eCard

Look for a card that fits the person’s personality, interests, or sense of humor. Once you’ve found the perfect ecard, navigate to the ‘send card’ or ‘add recipient’ section of the website.

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Ultimate List of Unique Party Ideas for 7 Year Olds

When it comes to planning a party for 7 year olds, let your imagination fly! Pretty much any new adventure will appeal to their sense of curiosity, imagination, and wonder.

This post will share the best & brightest ways to create a unique party that will truly impress your child’s guests. Our ideas are broken into two categories:

  • Innovating on Common Party Themes (usually from popular TV, movie, or book characters) to make them fresh & exciting.
  • Using a Completely Unique Party Theme! We’re ready to share our top favorites.

How to Make a Common Party Theme Unique?

‘Common’ refers to parties designed around popular TV, movie, or book characters.

Typically these parties can be planned and purchased at a supermarket: walk to the party aisle, choose from one of 4-6 popular themes, purchase all of the themed paper goods & decorations, and pick up a matching cake from the bakery on your way out.


It feels a little bit like a cop out, but your son really loves Spiderman.

How do you make a “Frozen” party theme that doesn’t feel generic?

Luckily, there are some simple ways to adjust common themes so that they feel special and unique for your child. We’ll show you how.

Look for inspiration in the common theme show, movie, or book that your child loves – Watch it again with a new perspective

1. Play With The Setting

Be it a room, car or a boat; try to think of different settings for your party. If you’re hosting a bunch of 7-year olds in your home, this is an easy fix. You can convert the space into a completely different place. The den becomes an ice rink or the living room becomes a magic treehouse.

2. Use a Common Theme, But Add a Twist

Instead of going with the same theme that has been done over and over again, add your child’s own twist to it by combining the theme with another thing your child loves. For example, if your daughter wants to have a princess-themed party for your daughter’s 7th birthday but she also loves pirates, then make the theme Pirate Princess Adventure! Keep standard princess decorations, with a greater focus on pirate decor items such as gold coins or jeweled swords.

Another way of doing this is by combining your theme with a certain color or material (glitter, dinosaur skin, etc). For example, you could throw a Purple Sparkle Harry Potter Party, or a Red Hot Hulk Party.

3. Focus on A Minor Character or Plot Element

You can make a party theme more unique, by focusing on a less important character or theme. For example, instead of having a straight Pokemon party, choose a specific Pokemon to celebrate or set the party in a Gym where guests can battle with ease.

4. Get Your Child’s Input

Its highly likely that your child has already imagined all sorts of ways that their favorite characters or theme could be brought to life! Pick their brains for what their “dream” party would look like — they’ll be excited to see everything come to life and will help you personalize the party.

Recommended: Special Party Entertainment Ideas for a 6 Year Old

What are the Best Unique Party Theme Ideas for 7 year olds?

Gender Neutral

Party themes that appeal to boys or girls… maybe your party will have both!

Haunted House Party

If you want to throw a unique, unexpected party, have a spooky haunted house in the middle of April or July. Ghosts don’t take a break from haunting just because its the middle of spring, and it doesn’t need to be Halloween to enjoy a good spooky party!

You can use a dark room and scary decorations, play scary music (such as “The Grudge” soundtrack), have a scary storyteller tell stories, serve scary food (like pizza with fake blood on it), and give out candy that has been dipped in chocolate syrup.

Lost Ancient Artifact Treasure Hunt

Merging adventure with history might be one of our favorite combinations! Treasure Hunts are a great idea for your little one’s birthday party, so why not give this one a realistic treasure? There are quite a few lost treasures remaining in the world according to Live Science:

  • Arc of the Covenant
  • Sarcophagus Of Menkaure
  • The Crown Jewels of Ireland

Paper Airplane Build Party

This idea is perfect for a 7-year-old who can’t get enough of designing new things or just creating paper airplanes. Invite guests over to try new designs and produce beautiful aircrafts.

Set up a craft table with all the needed supplies, models, and decorations for kids to experiment. Then allow your children’s friends to enter into friendly competitions: Who can fly theirs the farthest? Who can compete in both distance and speed?

Backyard Campout Shindig

You can set up your backyard for a full-on campout experience. Put up a tent, have the kids cook outdoors on the grill and make s’mores, then sleep in sleeping bags under the stars. Add some fun activities like games and movies to make it even more fun!

You can change this party theme to fit your child’s interests by having an animal theme or space theme instead of a camping one. You could also plan to go on a trip somewhere where you can really live like a camper!

Recommended: Popular Backyard Birthday Ideas for a 7 Year Old

Science Lab Experiment Party

It’s no secret that kids love science, and a science lab experiment party is a fun way to celebrate a 7-year-old’s birthday. Here are some tips on how to make your party the most of a fun, interesting, and exploratory:

  • Get several cool experiments from Amazon or your local bookstore. You can include items like these in loot bags for each guest.
  • Show an experiment video before starting the actual activity. It’s helpful for kids to see what happens in advance so they won’t be surprised by anything unusual when it’s their turn!
  • Have one of your experiments be something that guests can take home with them—this way you’ll keep your little scientists’ interest even after the party is over!

Girly Gala

Makeover Design Party – Creating a New “Look” with Makeup and Hair

To celebrate your daughter’s big day, you could have a makeover design party. Guests can make new friends as they enjoy snacks, do their nails, style their hair, or get their makeup done.

For those who like to have fun with face paint, you could even have a face painting area for them to explore. Don’t forget to take glam shots at the end!

Jewelry Design Party

Invite your child’s friends over to design their own jewelry! You can make rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair accessories or more – The possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to get snacks like candy necklaces and ring pops.

Tea or Hot Chocolate Party

This is the perfect party idea for your seven year old if he or she likes having friends over. A tea or hot chocolate party has all the ingredients of a great time with friends:

  • Tea parties are fun! Who doesn’t love being served tea and treats, especially when it’s in a fancy atmosphere?
  • Hot chocolate bars are also fun to make, eat, and drink. Your little one will love getting to pick their favorite toppings and mix them together into their own special hot chocolate creation.
  • Add some desserts like cookies and brownies to round out this party theme with a sweet ending!

Boy Bash

Marvel Superhero & Comic Book Design Party

This isn’t just a party about superheroes, its the kind of party you would expect to see in a comic book. It’s the superhero extravaganza that will make your child feel like an actual superhero.

To achieve that goal, plan a variety of heroic activities that will challenge guests physical and mental abilities.

Bring your guests further into the super hero magic by getting them involved in designing their own superhero or comic book cover. You can print out templates, or just give them blank paper and let them draw whatever they want. If you want to go all out, have the kids autograph their book and get them laminated.

Ultimate Structure Creation Party – Design, Plan and Build an Obstacle Course or Fort

Boys love to be physical and creative. Instead of planning a highly detailed party, create an environment where your guests can create their own fun. Challenge them to make build the best fort and design a complicated obstacle course. If you give them raw materials, guidance, and a little time your guests will have a fantastic time!

Conclusion

In the end, we hope that we’ve helped you come up with some new party ideas to celebrate your special 7 year old. Whether you decide to go with one of our ideas or your own, we hope that your son or daughter has a great time at their party!

46 Surprisingly Nerdy Things to do Now in LA (Los Angeles)

Attention all Poké Fans, Marvelites, Dumbledore’s Army, and just about anyone else you can think of in the nerd kingdom who is planning to visit Los Angeles, this guide is for you!

All activities are within two hours from the city proper. You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy this list but if you are a nerd, then these activities are definitely for you:

Interest-Based Nerdy Travel Experiences

Standard Travel Needs – Nerdy Style

About The Author

Hi, I’m Kate.

I started planning unique travel experiences way back in 2008.

And I quickly realized that quirky, nerdy experiences were going to be a big part of my travel planning success.

So I set out to explore as much as I could.

And thanks to years of reading and experimenting, I’ve had a ton of success with travel planning…

…including the top 3 performing guides on this site:

  1. Nerdy Experiences in Washington DC
  2. Cheap Unique Places to Travel During Christmas in the US
  3. Killer Airbnb Experiences Found in the San Francisco Bay Area

Check out these ideas in Los Angeles and you could have an awesome trip planned within the next 20 minutes.

What are the Top Nerdy Experiences Unique to Los Angeles?

1. Best Nerdy Arcade Bar: One Up

If you’re looking for free 80’s video games, a fully stocked bar, Captain Crunch Fried Chicken, and a continual stream of classic movies, One Up Arcade Bar is for you!

Among the various Arcade bars in LA, this one is unique for its quality entertainment (free gaming?!), funky fusion menu, and classy gastrolounge vibe. Definitely a must visit bar if you’re in the area.

2. Best Nerd Museum: Peterson Automotive Museum

Contrary to the pure automotive focused vibe of a typical car museum, the Peterson Automotive Museum is a snapshot of Hollywood history with some seriously cool rides.

The museum features an extensive collection of restored antique autos, multimillion dollar hyper cars, futuristic car show concept cars, vehicles from famous movies (including the original Bat Mobile and Back to the Future’s DeLorean) and many other fascinating vehicles.

Entrance tickets are very reasonably priced and the museum store is fantastic!

3. Best Retro Gaming Nerdy Experience: Playland Arcade

Feel like a kid again as you enter the large doorway dotted with hundreds of bright flashing lights to try some of the +200 games in what many consider to be one of the most iconic arcades in America.

Playland Arcade on the Santa Monica Pier was originally opened in the 1950’s and has remained a popular spot for beachy gamers ever since. Its been featured several popular films and television shows, including Forrest Gump, Iron Man, Hancock, The Sting, and Three’s Company.

4. Best Nerdy Interactive Hall of Fame: Icons of Darkness

Visit the world’s largest private collection of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror movie memorabilia at the Icons of Darkness Hall of Fame. You will find tons of items featured in popular film like Terminator and Game of Thrones, along with classic films like Frankenstein and The Wizard of Oz.

5. Best Nerdy Toy Store: Blast From the Past

If you’re looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, Blast From the Past is the place for you! Find TV & movie collectibles, action figures and comic books at this super neat shopping spot.

Additionally, the store hosts nerdy events like comedy nights, evening block parties (live music, food trucks, and shopping), celebrity meetings, and more. Make sure to check the calendar before stopping by!

What are the Best Nerdy Local Cultural Experiences?

6. Essential Los Angeles Museums

LA has a wide variety of museums for culture and education seekers to choose from, these are our favorites:

  • Hollywood Museum – The official museum of Hollywood, has the most extensive collection of memorabilia in the world. Featuring four floors of exhibits containing more than 10,000 authentic “one of a kind” costumes, props, photographs, scripts, & celebrity personal belongings, the museum is perfect for any entertainment industry enthusiast.
  • FIDM MuseumThe best place to see amazing outfits, costumes, and fashion objects from Hollywood designed from FIDM Alumni. Plus, its free! Explore original clothing pieces from TV series such as Game of Thrones, Award Shows such as the Oscars & Grammys, and blockbuster hits such as Marvel & Harry Potter. The museum hosts talks with the costume designers, fosters learning of the creative arts, and research publications of the fashion industry.
  • Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) – A must-see spot for people who appreciate ‘strange’ things, intriguingly presented objects, and spending some time questioning reality. The MJT is a bizarre assortment of microscopic sculpture & other unconventional novelties in art, science and natural history.
  • Museum of Tolerance (MOT) – Created by an internationally renowned Jewish human rights organization, the MOT is the only Holocaust and anti-discrimination museum of its kind in the world. Using interactive exhibits, special events, and customized programs, the museum challenges visitors to understand Holocaust atrocities and leave inspired to proactively positively impact the world.
  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (AMMP) – Its easy to get lost for a day in pure Hollywood nostalgia at AMMP. Film enthusiasts of all types will appreciate the global historical insight exhibits, behind the scenes artwork, and footage of iconic cinema.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – The largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 149,000 objects showcasing a multitude of works of art from new and unexpected points of view.
  • Griffith Observatory’s Tesla Coil – Every hour, on the hour, Griffith Observatory visitors can experience exciting lightning discharges at the contained Tesla Coil. On display since 1927, the coil exhibit is free to visit during normal observatory hours.

7. The Magic Castle

Few places in the world are quite like the Magic Castle. Today, this former Victorian-era brothel is an invite-only club for high caliber magicians. Visitors have the special privilege of enjoying acts from multiple card-slingers, masters of illusion, mentalists, and magicians through out the mansion. Entry to the Magic Castle is fairly exclusive and guests must be invited by a member magician. Most member magicians are happy to help visitors attend, if you reach out to them in in advance.

8. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

One of the most unique ancestral cultural centers in Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever cemetery is a true city icon. The cemetery not only honors famous actors such as Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, and Toto (Dorothy’s loyal dog), but also hosts evening cultural events such as a Saturday film series projected on the side of the mausoleum, an annual dia De Los Muertos celebration, and night club DJ events. Don’t forget to look for the live peacocks that wander the grounds!

9. La Brea Tar Pits

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the only paleontological research site in the middle of a major US city! Over the last 50,000 years, animals, plants, and insects trapped in the tar pits were preserved as fossils.

Today, visitors can see the original tar pits and hundreds of fossils found in the pits in over 100 excavations since the early 1900’s. The museum has a small entrance fee and the tar pit is free.

10. Surfing Lessons

Feel the joy and freedom of California’s favorite ocean sport – surfing. Grab a board and learn the basic techniques of the sport with seasoned surfers. Within two hours you will be able to stand on your surfboard and maybe even “shoot the curl”!

What are the Best Nerdy Theater, Film & Shows?

11. Famous Theaters

El Capitan Theater

There’s no business like show business and there’s no place to better enjoy show business than in classic Los Angeles theatres! Over years of movie premiers and special showings, many theatres have come and gone, however some true Hollywood gems have remained:

12. Be in a Live Studio Audience

Attending a live TV taping can be experienced in only a few US cities. There’s nowhere easier to have this unforgettable experience than being an audience member in one of the many hit shows filmed in Los Angeles!

Experiencing the inner workings of televised productions while getting familiar with popular celebrity hosts will change the way you watch TV forever. Tickets for talk, game, or talent shows are usually free, but occasionally offer a small payment for your time.

Make sure to plan ahead! Many shows have a waiting list and fill up fast.

13. REDCAT

If Hollywood blockbusters are a little too mainstream for your taste, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater or REDCAT is the place for you! Designed as a multidisciplinary contemporary arts centre, REDCAT is considered by many to be the paramount avant-garde theatre in LA.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibitions, performances, film screenings and literary events showcasing the work of international and local artists.

What are the Best Nerdy Nature Experiences?

14. Vasquez Rocks

North of the city is a highly recognisable alien-looking landscape of rocks. Vasquez Rocks park is has been featured in many classically nerdy films and shows including Planet of the Apes, the 2009 Star Trek, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and the notably hilariously slow and epic battle between Captain Kirk and the Gorn in Star Trek: The Original Series.

Today, visitors can see the famous landscape while enjoying other outdoorsy activities such as hiking, camping, equestrian rides, and picnicking. Additionally the park offers bird walks, animal presentations, and seasonal classes & activities.

15. Old Zoo Picnic Area

The first Los Angeles Zoo opened in Griffith Park, 1912, and only had 15 animals. It grew slowly over the years but never became popular in the community so it was abandoned in 1966 in favor of the current LA Zoo.

Today, visitors have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be on the animal’s side of the bars. After many years of overgrowth & decay, the abandoned zoo has been converted to a park: picnic tables have been added to cave enclosures, grills dot the perimeter, and thick metal bars outline former monkey, lion, and bear cages.

Helpful Hint: The abandoned zoo picnic area is well preserved because it’s a little hard to find. From Crystal Springs Drive/Griffith Park Drive, turn west at Griffith Park Drive (this is not a typo, heading north, the name Griffith Park Drive makes a hard left as the pavement continues straight and changes name to Crystal Springs Drive. If going south, watch for the Griffith Park Drive sign and turn right). Watch closely for the sign a few hundred feet after the turn. The parking area is on the left.

Dropped Pin near 5400 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027. https://goo.gl/maps/6NiaakNZeit (This is the exact location of the parking lot to the old zoo if you have trouble finding it).

16. The Hollywood Sign Hike & Comedy Tour

Do you love comedy and hiking? Why not do them both at the same time?

Operated by an LA local comedian friend trio, who have done some work on NBC, ABC, and even Jimmy Kimmel Live! The tour proudly boasts approximately 3000 jokes (including those of the dad-joke variety), stories of local celebrities (specifically Justin Bieber) and graciously offers FREE bottles of water.

You are guaranteed to leave happy, healthy, and hydrated!

17. Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest is a highly popular day trip from the “city of angels”. Adventure seekers can hike, bike, run, boat, or even ski within the 1,000 square miles of wilderness, and 53 trails.

We recommend that you catch the views from nearly 10,000 feet at the top of Mt. Baldy, explore an extraordinary San Andres Fault line geographic phenomenon at the Devil’s Punchbowl, hike to and cross the Bridge to Nowhere (a long hike to a strange bridge that seemingly serves no purpose) and enjoy the curious rock formation made by engineers in the 1970s at Pyramid Lake.

What are the Best Nerdy Rides & Virtual Experiences?

18. Classic Theme Parks

The greater Los Angeles area has tons of very famous theme parks. All have tons of fantastic nerdy attractions to offer based on your preferences:

19. Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier

If you’re looking for bright lights, thrilling rides, carnival food, and engaging fun with gorgeous Pacific Ocean views, Pacific Park is for you! Everything about this retro hang out, screams “classic California boardwalk.”

The park has millions of visitors each year for good reason: 12 thrilling rides, the first ever solar-powered Ferris wheel, ocean-front specially food, and arcade games.

20. Hypergate VR

Visit the largest free-roam full-body VR arena in North America!

Alternative from a typical VR experience, not only the player’s head but also his/her hands and feet are tracked in the game. The system transmits a full body image into the game and provides the highest possible level of immersion.

Experience the thrill of multi-player VR gaming with fantastic 4D-effects in a truly mind-blowing experience and take you to another dimension that you will never forget.

What are the Best Festivals, Conventions, and Live Events in Los Angeles?

21. D23 Expo

D23 Expo is the arm of Disney’s Official D23 Fan Club that gives guests an insider look into all things Disney: parks, animation, television, film, and legendary treasures from the Walt Disney Archives.

The D23 Fan Club, named after “D” for Disney and the 1923 year that Walt Disney moved to California, specializes in once in a lifetime experiences, distinctive merchandise, and unique events to bring members closer to the magic. If you are a Disney fan, this “ultimate Disney experience” convention is for you!

22. E3 Expo

Attend the world’s premier event for computer games, video games and related products! For three exhilarating days, the Expo connects thousands of the video game industry’s top talent to enjoy product & technology releases.

The expo is a must-do experience for those who love building, enjoying, playing, and connecting with the video gaming world!

23. Attend an Award Show

Have you ever wanted to attend a Hollywood award show in person? No need to wear Gucci and be an award nominee, you simply need to know where to look. These are our recommendations:

  • Award Show Sponsor – Some shows allow you to purchase tickets directly from the show’s sponsor. Historically, these included the Academy of Country Music, Grammy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tony Awards, and more!
  • Ticketmaster – A variety of award shows sell tickets through brokerages like Ticketmaster. You can find tickets for many award shows such as The American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Country Music Awards, the Latin Grammy’s, MTV VMA Awards, and more!
  • Seatfillers – Less popular award shows often need to fill vacant seats to optimize audience size for TV viewers. If you want to be a seatfiller, click here for more information.

Remember, award shoes happen around the same time each year and tickets book out quickly so be on the look out a few months in advance.

What are the Best Nerdy Tours & Classes?

24. Warner Brothers Motion Picture Studio Tour

Tour an operational major film studio back-lot! Explore the sets, sound stages, and green-screen spots of a nearly 100 year old Hollywood icon.

See the Friends Fountain, Sheldon’s spot in Apt 4A, and recreated Harry Potter set while immersing yourself in the history, technology, and stories of the Warner Brothers universe. Plus you will have the opportunity to shop in the only Official Warner Brothers Studio Store which is stocked with exclusive merchandise & memorabilia.

25. Learn to Eat Fire

The ancient Persian art of fire eating & breathing is exciting, magical, and a little bit dangerous (if conducted without the proper training). In this Airbnb experience located in the historic Zephyr Theatre, you will learn the theory of the art and appropriate safety measures. Your instructor, an award-winning performer with 15 years experience, will teach you hand transfers, tongue transfers and extinguishing flame with your mouth.

26. Haunted Hollywood, True Crime & Ghost Tales

Uncover the secrets of Hollywood as you explore the haunted underbelly of this iconic neighborhood. Take an fright-filled evening stroll to haunted hotels, theaters, and landmarks while listening to chilling stories of famous stars.

As the tour guides promise, “If you love Hollywood, the paranormal, or true crime – this is the tour for you.”

27. Water Marble a Silk Scarf at a Beach Cottage

Insanely cute 1907 California beach cottage, tasty snacks, and a beautiful silk scarf: What more could you ask for?

This memorable artistic experience will give you the opportunity to design a silk scarf, table runner, beach cover up, belt, window covering, or tapestry with a simple, playful marble design. No experience needed! Your instructor will effortlessly guide you through the project providing all of the tools, tips, and creative advice.

28. Food Tours!

Los Angeles has tons of delicious, vibrant, and innovative culinary experiences. We recommend discovering and enjoying the gastro-culture on one (or both!) of two highly popular food tours:

LA Taco Tasting & Film Locations Tour

Enjoy an afternoon of some of the finest LA has to offer: tacos and cinema history. You’ll start with a brief history of California’s Mexican origins while enjoying several types of tacos. Then, you will see the locations and buildings from many movies, TV shows, and music videos.

Secret Food Tour of Venice Beach

Learn more about the Venice of America! Your guide will share trivia, stories, food, wine, and humorous stories to convey the history of this fascinating beach town. Be prepared to sample poke, tacos, crostini, and local wine at popular joints and local hidden gems.

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Stay?

29. Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway

Transport yourself to a tropical Caribbean pirate den right outside of metropolitan Las Angeles. With lush tropical vegetation, gorgeous waterfalls, colorful lighting, and tons of pirate affects, this impressively themed Airbnb has all the adventure and amenities of a Caribbean resort, without the humidity & long distance travel. You will have access to a hot tub & sauna, teepee, hammock & hanging swings, and luxury Queen bed.

30. Train Caboose

Enjoy an picturesque evening in the Santa Monica mountains staying in a vintage luxury caboose. Completely retrofitted with modern conveniences, the rustic charm of the classic train provides a truly relaxing, private, and creativity stimulating experience.

Be sure to enjoy the artistic touches and variety of wild birds including peacocks, hummingbirds, and parrots. And what better way to get a restful California night’s sleep than in a California King bed?

31. Hotel Figueroa

Opened in 1926 as a female-only hostel, this historic hotel offered women the rare freedom to live more unrestrained than the customs of the time permitted. Today, the hotel is still a Los Angeles hub for creative souls and artists with classy dining, sophisticated rooms, genuine service, unique event space, and outstanding arts & music programming

“The Fig” as patrons affectionately call it, is across the street from LA Live, the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. It’s also in close proximity to the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Broad museum, the DTLA Arts District, and Broadway corridor.

32. The Hollywood Roosevelt

Experience Hollywood’s ‘golden era’ in one of its most iconic hotels: The Hotel Roosevelt. Built in 1927, the hotel’s central location on the Hollywood Walk of Fame made it the perfect stay for stars like Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Clark Gable. Today, guests have the opportunity to feel the original glitz & glamour of classic Hollywood in its famous Tower and glamorous Cabanas.

If you’re not able to stay as a guest, we highly recommend you give the hotel a visit at the very least!

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Eat in Los Angeles?

33. Scum and Villainy Cantina: Intergalactic Bar

Step into a classic piece of the Star Wars universe at this Mos Eisley Cantina look alike bar in the heart of Hollywood! Enjoy a Millennium Falcon themed burger with a glass of blue milk and bask in the ambience of #yourfriendlyneighborhoodgeekbar. You might even make some new nerdy BFF’s.

34. The Beetle House

Halloween is a daily holiday at this immersive gothic restaurant! Enjoy the only place in LA that pays tribute to all things dark and delightful: Live freak shows, sword swallowing, magic, macabre entertainment, and a menu based on weird film & horror culture.

35. Proud Bird

With panoramic views of the LAX runway, eclectic piloting memorabilia, and a suspended P-40 Flying Tiger replica, the Proud Bird is a true memorial to the innovation and spirit of the aviation industry. Feast on comfort food classics and modern fusion in this 50,000 square-foot food bazaar.

36. Button Mash

Tacos, craft beer, and tons of awesome arcade games. What more could you want?

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Drink in Los Angeles?

37. Nimbus Coffee

Grab a custom “Notorious Black” or “Dragons Breath” at this Harry Potter themed artisan coffee shop. With a spell-book full of locally sourced ingredient drink recipes, Nimbus Coffee offers an environment that is not only worthy of your selfie, but also your taste buds! You will love everything about this mysterious fantasy destination coffee shop. Just remember… “Coffee first mischif later!”

38. Library Bar

If you’ve always dreamed of nursing a Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic in a sophisticated library setting, make sure to stop by the Library Bar in the heart of downtown LA. The book lined walls, dim lighting, library pun name drink menu, and soft leather couches make this bar hop a truly classy experience.

39. Two Bit Circus

If a high-tech micro-amusement park with a steam punk, circus themed twist sounds like fun to you – visit Two Bit Circus. You’ve never experienced something like this before!

The grouping of arcade and midway games, escape rooms, virtual reality experiences and an immersive theater equipped for trivia, wine tasting and puzzle games will give everyone in your group something to enjoy. With “big top” decor, a robot bar tender, elevated carnival food menu (including corn dogs, sliders, flatbreads and tots) and fantastic drink menu, this bar will blow your mind!

40. Tea in a Hummingbird Sanctuary

Imagine having a private and intimate tea party in a living ancient oak tree orchard with dozens of colorful hummingbirds. Your host offers a variety of teas, toppings, and treats along with a breadth of knowledge & experience with hummingbirds. Don’t forget to look out for other special birds that are native to the area such as hawks, jays, finches, robins, ducks, and doves!

What are the Best Nerdy Places to Shop?

41. Norton Space Props

Need a 1:2 scale size Apollo capsule or a new engine for your X-15 rocketplane? Say no more, this cinematic equipment supplier has got you covered!

Known as a “sci-fi” props distributor, Norton gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase authentic, unique, and typically inaccessible specialty space items. As one shopper put it, “if you like to make things, this place will make your brain feel good.”

42. The Last Bookstore

If every book store in the world was somehow destroyed but you needed to buy a book, you could definitely count on The Last Bookstore. Housed in the grand atrium of a former fortified bank, this book lovers paradise allows shoppers to browse for their next literary bite in the stacks of a highly secure combination vault.

With the marble pillars, comfy leather armchairs, and a high vaulted ceiling, the shop is a dream for anyone who appreciates a vast publication selection, literary themed artwork (including a tunnel made of novels!) and the musty smell of vintage books.

43. Galco’s Soda Pop Shop

Blast into the sugary past of America’s favorite beverage. Galco’s Soda Pop Shop gives customers the opportunity to experience soda the way it was originally intended: in micro-brewed batches with tons of unique flavor combinations. You know its authentic when you look at the menu to see that standard Pepsi and Coca-Cola are one of the less popular options (but the Kosher Coke is really delicious!).

When you stop by for your domestic or internationally produced soda, make sure to talk pop “shop” with the owner. He may just be the world’s preeminent expert on all things soda pop.

44. Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Stock up on all of your time travel needs – especially the ‘needs’ that you didn’t know you needed! Dinosaur breakfast eggs, Michael Jordan pogs, robot toupees, and time travel sickness pills are just a few of the quirky supplies for your travels.

The best part about shopping at Echo Park Time Travel Mart is that it not only functions as a retail space, but also a literacy tutoring center. All proceeds from the store fund 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting school age students “with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.”

Visitors can browse and purchase the students’ publications with their time travel essentials keeping in mind the motto, “Whenever you are, we’re already then!”

45. Amoeba Music

Worlds largest independently owned music store. Founded in California, this iconic music store houses hundreds of thousands of CDs, records, DVDs, cassettes, and indie music memorabilia. You could literally spend hours flipping through collections of music from every genre, and if you’re a true music fan, you probably should!

46. Golden Apple Comics

Famous for creator signings and events, Golden Apple Comics has hosted legends like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, and many more. Every Wednesday you can get the latest books from Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dynamite, Boom, Aftershock, Black Mask, and independent publishers. Other than the wide selection of new & back issued comics, Golden Apple also offers a large selection of toys, action figures, statues, trading cards and more.

Conclusion

Ok globetrotters! It’s time to get out and try a few of the many nerdy options Los Angeles has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of games, cinema, time travel, or all of the above, there’s something for everyone in “The City of Flowers & Sunshine”.

17 Best Epic Board Game Night Ideas For Adults

Whether you’re a strategy junkie, word game geek, or just love cards, these epic board game night ideas, are perfect for anyone who wants to have hours of fun with their best gamer friends.

From the creating the ultimate board game music playlist, to making recipes from an edible game cookbook, here are some great ways that you might not have known about before to make your next board game night completely epic!

Luckily, we’ve got some ideas that will help you make this party as successful as possible. Enjoy our list broken down into the following activity types:

  1. Choose a Theme
  2. Create the Ambiance
  3. Select the Food
  4. Intensify the Game Play
  5. Party Game Suggestion List

How to Choose a Board Game Night Theme?

Creating a truly epic board game night requires cohesive planning and thoughtful preparation. We recommend starting with a theme. This will set an overall tone for the evening and make it easier to plan other epic party aspects. Having a theme isn’t essential, but it does make for a more interactive, cohesive, and spirited board gaming experience!

1. Choose a Theme Related to a Specific Game

  1. Gather Game Options. Select 1 or more games that have a longer play time (preferably 45 min to 2 hours).
  2. Make Final Selection. From that list, refine to your final choice by the process of elimination, random selection, or putting the decision to a vote among your guests (we recommend using a survey). If you already have your heart set on one specific game, feel free to skip this step.
  3. Name the Theme. Using a creative party name will add extra flair to your fun evening. Choose a name from a unique aspect of the game. For example, “Boardwalk or Bust” for Monopoly, “Wheat Built This City” for Settlers of Catan, “Terraforming is a Sprint, not a MARSarthon” for Terraforming Mars, or “You’ve Got to Be Kitten Me!” for Exploding Kittens.

2. Choose Games Related to a Specific Theme

If you prefer to play multiple games of a similar type, choose a theme based on a common component. Consider the following factors:

  • Style of Game – Options include deduction, word or letters, wargames, fantasy, Eurogames, negotiation, economic situation games, etc.
  • Setting of Game
    • Medieval conquest (Settlers of Catan, Risk, Dungeons & Dragons, Avalon)
    • Wall Street or finance related (Acquire, Cover Your Assets, Anti-Monopoly, Power Grid, The Landlord’s Game)
    • Art & creativity (Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game, Masterpiece, Fresco, Cubist, Modern Art, Final Touch)
    • Family or childhood games (Mousetrap, Operation, Life, Twister, Sorry!)
    • Western games (Ticket to Ride, Bang!, Great Western Trail, Lewis & Clark, Trekking the National Parks)
    • Global games (Azul, 7 Wonders, First Empires, Small World)
  • Mechanics of Game
    • Card games
    • Dice games
    • Paper & pencil games
    • Spinning
    • Turn based

How to Create the Board Game Party Ambiance?

3. Make a Board Game Music Playlist

Music is a great way to dial up the tension or add a calming vibe to your party. You can create your own playlist, use a board game playlist generation website (we recommend Melodies: Music for Board Games), or find a playlist on your favorite music app.

Here are some of our favorites from Spotify:

Here are some of our favorites from YouTube:

4. Designate a “Right Hand Man” for New & First Time Players

For more complicated games, new or first time players often need advice or feedback about the rules and strategy. Designate a non-biased, experienced player as the “right hand man” to help those newer players make better decisions and not slow down game play.

5. Have a Costume Contest

Invite your guests to wear a costume that matches a specific character, concept, or item related to your theme. During the evening have guests vote on the best costume and award the winner a fun prize or additional advantage (time/money/turns) during game play.

Example costume ideas:

  • Pandemic – have guests wear lab coats and goggles.
  • Disney Villainous – have guests come as any preferred Disney character (good or evil).
  • Herd Mentality – have guests dress as their favorite barnyard animal or as a farmer.

6. Create the Ultimate Board Game Zone or Visit One

Make your board game space as welcoming and optimized for gaming as possible!

Create a designated snack & supplies area with easy access to both. Stock the area with yummy treats and all necessary gaming supplies (pens, pencils, paper, extra dice, dry erase boards & pens, etc.).

If possible, set up an area with comfortable gaming chairs and tables. Sofas, inflatable furniture, bean bags, or really any extra comfy seat is perfect.

Alternatively, many cities have dedicated Board Game shops and playing spaces that are perfectly set up for a quality gaming evening. If you’re going for a “low effort” board game night, consider having your party at one of these spots instead of at your home.

What Food Should be Served?

7. Match the Menu to the Theme

It may take some research to create the perfect menu, but serving themed party food is a super fun way to bring your board game to life!

Here are a few examples of game specific foods you can serve:

  • Samplers of Catan -> Settlers of Catan
  • Carcassarole -> Carcassonne
  • Sushi -> Sushi Go!
  • Pass the Pigs in a Blanket -> Pass the Pigs
  • The Lord of the Onion Rings: Journeys to Griddle Earth -> Lord of the Rinds: Journeys to Middle Earth
  • Twinkie Imperium -> Twilight Imperium

8. Edible Games Cookbook

Do you like to play with your food? The Edible Games Cookbook offers a dozen sweet & savory tasty edible games. Although all of the games have different rules, the one thing they have in common is the fact that all game pieces are edible.

Here are a few examples of the games you’ll get:

  • Patisserie Code – An escape room style secret code baked into fluffy cream puffs.
  • Flavor Roulette – Everything on the plate looks the same, but one item tastes significantly less delicious. Keep a straight face to win the game!
  • Roll for Flavor – Compete for ingredients while baking a unique batch of cupcakes from scratch. Your creativity and fate will decide the overall delectability of your final creation.
  • Master Taster – Do you have the taste buds to become the best food taster in the land? This challenge is one part memory, one part tastebud strength, and one part food smarts.

9. Easy Snacking

If you’re trying to keep the game night simple, just buy some pre-made party snacks. If you’re looking to make something yourself check out our post 11 Cheap Easy Inexpensive Party Snack Ideas for Adults.

How to Intensify Game Play?

10. Have a Game Marathon

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good competitive board game, but what if you played it 24 hours straight? Imagine the laughs, the joy—and the soreness.

Seriously though, you can have different experiences and better develop your skills by having your own board game marathon. There are a few ways to play games for an extended period of time:

  • Play one game multiple times in a row. The idea here is that you play the same game or type of game multiple times in a row for a specific length of time. If a player wants out early, they must forfeit all their money/property/cards/whatever else is being used as currency in that particular game. The person with the most points or, if everyone quits, the last person standing is the winner!
  • Play multiple games at once. This one can get a little crazy! Choose 2-3 games to play for a certain period of time. Start with one game, set up as normal, choose a mechanism to trigger switching to the next game (set length of time, rolling a certain number on the dice, or landing on a certain location), and start play as normal. Once the switch game mechanism is triggered, stop play of the first game and start play of the second game. Using this method stretches your mind in different ways and keeps you on your toes!. It also helps prevent burnout among players who might otherwise get bored after spending too much time focusing on only one kind of gameplay experience; this way everyone gets equal opportunities throughout your marathon gaming session(s).

11. Keep One or Two Non-Board Games on Hand

Non-board games are a great way to get people involved in a game night for shorter periods of time or without them having to commit to a longer game. They are perfect for guests who aren’t interested in the current game of choice or are just “stopping in for a little while”.

Here are some non-board games that can be picked up quickly, and still be tons of fun:

12. Have “Rules” for Competitive Play

If you’re playing a fast-paced game with multiple rounds, its fun to add a large public tournament style bracket and an overall player scoreboard. As the game progresses update the bracket and scoreboard to heighten the competitive tension.

Grab a prize for the winner, think of a penalty for the loser, and you’re good to go!

13. Take Trivia Breaks

Some board games can last many hours with few opportunities to take a break. Space things out a bit by setting an alarm to pause the game for guests to go to the bathroom, grab a drink, or eat a snack (every 30 – 45 minutes). During the break, keep the theme of the party going by finding some trivia questions about the night’s focus game, overall game theme, or board games in general.

14. Play Games in Teams or Pairs Rather than Individually

Teamwork makes the dream work! A fun way to meld minds and increase competitiveness is to convert a solo game position to a team position. Have two or more people play the position and work together to make moves and decisions. You can help each other out and celebrate each other’s successes.

15. Add a Timer or Hourglass

If someone takes too long to make their move, start timing them (we recommend 3 minutes). Once the timer is out the move is over regardless.

16. Winner’s Reward

The winner gets to flip the board and the loser has to clean it up.

17. Add Some Extra Rules

Back in 2021 a reddit reader posed a simple question to the greater reddit community. After thousands of comments and tens of thousands of upvotes the community generated some really good responses to his original question,What is an extra rule your family added to a popular board or card game?

  • Scrabble
    • Start With the Longest – The person who can make the longest word goes first, highest points breaks a tie. This makes the game easier to start by ensuring there are lots of spots to place letters.
    • Real Words – Any word is valid if you can find it in any book in the library within three minutes.
  • Monopoly
    • Add a ‘Mugging’ Rule – This allows a player to mug another player when they land on a space the first player is currently occupying. Both players roll the dice and if the mugger rolls higher the first player pays $100 if the first player rolls higher the mugger goes to jail.
    • Change the Dice – Replace the default 6 sided dice with a 20 sided dice.
    • No Yelling – If you yell at all you give half of your money to the bank as a “Yelling Tax”.
  • Uno
    • No Apologies – If you say the word “sorry” while playing you pick up 2 extra cards.
    • Stacking +4’s – Should be totally valid, Hasbro’s rule against it is lame.
    • Red Means Mute – If the color red is being played you have to pick up one card for every word you say.
  • Cards Against Humanity
    • Storytelling Version – Pick up one card at a time and start a story. Each player draws a new card and builds onto the story. Be prepared for some pretty crazy stories!
    • Betting – Players can bet one of more of their black cards to play another white card.
  • Catan
    • Knight Move Bonus – When you roll a seven or play a knight, you have to move the robber, but you can move it back to the desert and claim any resource you want from the ‘bank.’

Not Sure What to Play With a Group of Your Friends?

Here are some awesome games you should try:

  • Secret Hitler (5-10 players)– This social deduction game recreates the historical outcome of World War 2. Players take on a role (liberal politicians or fascists) and try to win by furthering their team’s agenda. The fascists want to assassinate Hitler and the the liberals want to keep Hitler alive as the supreme leader. Each team carefully balances playing their role while not blowing their cover trying not to blow their cover in front of the other players!
  • Codenames (2-8+ players) –  Players are divided into two teams with rival spymasters who know the hidden identities of 25 secret agents. The objective of the game is for each team to identify all hidden identities without uncovering the hidden identities for the opposing team. This is done by having the spymasters give clues to their team mates and giving them the chance to interpret each clue.
  • The Metagame (2-50 players) – The card game with six unique card games to facilitate conversation & opinions about culture. There’s not just one way to play – this game is the ultimate cure for awkward silences. It sparks conversation about everything from high art to trashy entertainment and everything in­ between.
  • What Do You Meme? (3-20 players) – Compete against your friends to create the funniest meme caption! Game cards have clever and interesting pictures that will spark your creativity and humor.
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf (3-10 players) – The game of mafia with a fun fantasy twist! Each player is assigned a secret role with a specific task. During a game round, called a “night phase”, a player is killed and the rest of the group must figure out who did it.
  • Cards Against Humanity (4+ players) – Considered the “Adult” version of Apples to Apples. Players each have a hand of descriptive cards, which they use to fill in blanks or answer questions posed by the theme card. The funniest answer will win the round!
  • The Hot Seat (4-10 players) – Each round one player has to answer a question about themselves and the other players have to answer the question as if they are the person who is answering. What will the person in the Hot Seat say? Who will have the best answer?

Conclusion

Playing games is a great way to bond and become closer with friends and family. We hope these party tips have given you some new ideas on how to make your next board game night as epic as possible!