6.12.2013

International Picnic Day, Another Lovely Day in the Park


Next Tuesday, June 18 is International Picnic Day. (I know it's sounds crazy, there is a day for everything nowadays.) But this picnic day thing, this could be cool. So cool it becomes an annual event in my family.

I first heard about International Picnic Day in this article in O Magazine's June 2013 issue. I thought it was a great idea, so I developed this plan: Step one, pack a picnic. I'm bringing sandwiches, salt and black pepper Kettle Chips or Ruffles (I have a weakness for Ruffles), chocolate chip cookies, and lemonade. Step two, we head to a local park. Better yet, we head to Balboa Park. There is a lot of green space to stretch out on and (relatively) few seagulls. And when we're finished, we can step into a museum. The Mingei International Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Man, and the Japanese Friendship Garden will offer FREE admission to San Diego Residents that day as part of the Balboa Park Resident Free Tuesdays program.

Speaking of the Mingei, have you heard they are offering free summer memberships? It sounds too good to be true, but it is the real deal. The Mingei made the announcement on Twitter two weeks ago. Mingei is hands-down one of my favorite museums here in San Diego County. Their collection focuses on folks art, which means it is completely accessible to guests of all ages. They have three GREAT exhibits on view right now, including one with a collection of antique carousel animals.

Don't you want to visit them all summer long for free?

For more information on the Mingei, head here.