Every summer we make sure to attend one of the concerts at the Children's Museum. It's close and easy, and the boys love it. Since becoming members of the museum this year, the concerts are free. And we're taking advantage by going to every one of them. They are just really easy nights for us. I pick the boys up from camp and preschool, Thatboy comes home from work, and we head over.
The museum is open an hour before the concert, only for families attending the concert, which gives the boys time to take part in their favorite activities with less crowds. There are often crafts for the kids to take part in also. Recently it's been a wooden boat the kids could put together with some volunteer help. And then most of the kids found their way over to the water cycle exhibit with their boats to test out the sea-worthiness.
There's wine, beer, and Gelato for sale, and usually some sort of food you can purchase. And face painting.
And of course, there's the kid friendly music, encouraging the kids to get up and dance. Hullabaloo, the perennial San Diego favorite, always has a concert. And this year we've also got to expand their musical palate with reggae and Latin music.
I also love the venue because it's so easy to picnic. And I do love to picnic. We bring our basket, and our blanket and make a whole evening of it.
I always bring fruit - which is a crowd favorite in my family. And I'll either pack sandwiches, or just picnic charcuterie,
Or, if the food choice would make the whole family happy, we'll just buy dinner there. The weather has been insanely hot at these concerts lately, so we also always bring lots of liquids. Homemade ice-tea is one of my favorite things to bring. I make it with herbal tea, so the boys can enjoy it too, without keeping us up all night. They love picking out the flavors. This is a peach ice tea.
Any good picnic also needs some kind of sweet treat. With the glut of berries we have in our house, berry hand pies are the perfect summer picnic addition.
The filling for the hand pies is amazing, and there's enough left over to use it on just about everything. And I used it on just about everything. I don't think there's a piece of bread or muffin in my house that didn't end up with the filling on it.
Triple Berry Handpies
2 cups blueberries
2 cups blackberries
2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 1/2 cups sugar
juice of 2 lemons
2 balls of pie dough, rolled out into circles
1 egg, beaten
- Combine berries, sugar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer 20 minutes. Let cool.
- Use a large glass to cut out rounds of pie dough.
- Top each pie dough round with 2 Tbsp of filling.
- Brush the edges of the dough round with egg and fold in half to form a semicircle. Crimp the edges with a fork.
- Heat canola oil in a pot until it reaches 365 degrees. Fry each handpie about 5 minutes, or until golden. Drain on paper towels.