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Cosmos Blog, Balboa Park, Museum Month, Half-Price Admission, SDMAFebruary, that sad little winter month sandwiched between New Year’s and the first day of spring. It’s only cause for celebration, for some, being Valentine’s Day—that is, if you don’t count the fact that it’s also MUSEUM MONTH!

For 23 consecutive years, Museum Month has given San Diego County residents plenty of reasons to not spend the entire month of February hibernating. And I can think of 12 reasons right here in Balboa Park—those being the 12 museums that will once again extend half-price admission to bearers of the Macy’s Museum Month Card (no purchase required).

“But Cosmos, I’ve spent the last 22 Februarys hibernating. How do I get in on this deal?”

So glad you ask, my seasonal affective disorder-afflicted friend. Just head on over to any San Diego County Macy’s Department Store and request a Museum Month Card. One card is valid for up to four pack members. Present it at any participating museum (12 in Balboa Park, as mentioned, and 40 total throughout San Diego County) in order to qualify for half-price admission.

As a special bonus this year, thanks to Leap Year, you will have one whole extra day this month to take advantage of the deal. But don’t delay, there’s still only 29 days, and they’ll go by very quickly if you want to fit in all 40 museums!

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According to my iPaw calendar, it’s the last week of January, and here I sit in a glorious field of green grass, freshly rinsed by a recent rain shower, planning for the coming week.

Since my fake service dog ID was confiscated the last time I tried to sneak into an Albertson’s, a museum visit is out of the question. Fortunately the forecast is for warm sunny days, providing the perfect opportunity to reacquaint myself with Balboa Park’s many outdoor amenities, starting with the West Mesa.

Any trip to the West Mesa of course begins at Nate’s Point dog park. After finishing some important business, I can exit through the dog park’s east gate (near the trailhead just before the Cabrillo Bridge) and make my way down to the Bridle Path. Heading north gives me access to the Coast Redwood grove—a little preview of what doggie heaven must be like.

I'll eventually find myself at the Marston House and its colorful well-coiffed gardens. Heading back south along a paved pedestrian path, I can detour into the Trees for Health Garden and learn about the other important benefits trees provide.

Speaking of health, I can usually grab some nutritional scraps inside the Redwood Circle picnic area to munch on while keeping my eye on the ball at the Lawn Bowling greens.

My warm winter’s-day journey will finish at Sefton Plaza, kitty-corner from the entrance to Nate’s Point, where I can pay my respects by wagging my tail at life-sized statues of Balboa Park’s founders who made the day possible.

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Cosmos Blog, Balboa Park, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Tinkering StudioNow that the frenetic excitement of heaps of new toys and sugar-coated treats for the holidays has worn off and many bipedal pups are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms, what’s a pack leader to do to keep energetic young minds entertained?

For starters, get them out of the house ASAP! You know once the novelty of flashing LED lights, talking dolls, and remote-controlled vehicles loses its luster, furniture, drapes, and kitchen appliances become fair game.

Next—and this is where Balboa Park comes in—take them to Balboa Park! And I’m not just saying that because I practically live here. There are so many activities designed for kids of all ages, you would never run out of things to do.

Just looking at the calendar for this weekend, I see several different performances at the San Diego Junior Theatre as part of Rippledink’s Repertory, including The Complete History of America (abridged), School House Rock! Live, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Meanwhile, for the preschool set, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater is presenting The Little Engine That Could, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is starting a new four-week session of their Young Scientists Preschool Science Program, titled “Winter Wonderland.”

Also at the Fleet, kids of all ages will find plenty of everyday household objects they can cut, paste, repurpose, and transform into new inventions in the Tinkering Studio. And at the Museum of Photographic Arts, budding shutterbugs will be inspired by the See/Saw: Annual Youth Exhibition (closing Jan. 29), which features some of the best works produced in MoPA’s educational programs.

And that’s just what happened to catch my eye. If you check the Balboa Park calendar yourself, you will find even more family-friendly fare to suit your pack’s fancy.

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It never ceases to amaze me the greater ability bipedal pups have over their canine counterparts in snapping beautiful pictures. It can’t just be the whole opposable thumbs advantage. No. I think it has more to do with the fact that school-age humans are much less concerned with sniffing and chewing whatever happens to be visible through their camera’s lens.

At any rate, the results of this year’s Kid’s-Eye-View of the Park Photo Contest once again reveal what youngsters unleashed in Balboa Park with camera in hand are capable of. While the above link will take you to an online exhibit of all the winners in the two age groupings, 6-11 and 12-17, I would like to take a moment to highlight a few of my personal favorites.

This elegant first-place photo of birds enjoying the “Woman of Tehuantepec” fountain in the House of Hospitality courtyard by Michelle B. (age 17) could have just as easily been published in San Diego Magazine or a coffee table book on Balboa Park.

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This image is rivaled by another picture-postcard shot by third-place finisher Vanessa S. (16). According to the photographer: “There's nothing more beautiful than Balboa Park at night.” Her photograph says it all.

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The first-place winner in the junior division, Alicia B. (11), must have swam with the hippos to capture this awfully cute candid shot of mama and her baby at the San Diego Zoo.

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And finally, we have this second-place photo by Joseph B., who at the tender age of 7 doesn't let himself get distracted by an otherwise fanciful dragon sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle to show us the abstract beauty found in the details.

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Cosmos Blog, Balboa Park, New Year's Resolutions, 2011, dog parks, trailsMany readers may assume that a healthy pooch like me doesn’t need to make New Year’s resolutions. Not so fast! This svelte figure isn’t exactly the product of good breeding!

Like any human, regular exercise is essential for me to maintain my physique. I’m just a lucky dog because my job as Balboa Park’s resident canine blogger requires that I spend a great deal of time exploring the Park’s 1,200 acres of recreational spaces and venues.

But in order to avoid following the same sniffing route day in and day out, I still need to resolve to go off the beaten path this time of year to refresh my routine and perspective.

So here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2012:

1. Visit the other dog parks

Sure, Nate’s Point is convenient, but the Morley Field and Grape Street dog parks have a lot of nice amenities and friendly packs worth getting to know, too. Featuring a more open layout (i.e., no fence), both dog parks give me an even greater sense of feeling leash free!

2. Take every marked trail at least once

Offering 19 trails that cover over 65 miles of terrain, Balboa Park’s marked trail system is the best way for me to sniff out every nook and cranny of the West, Central, and East Mesas of the Park…not to mention all the extra exercise I’ll get from climbing those steep canyon trails.

3. Attend more outdoor organ concerts

With the sad and abrupt end to the Chargers’ season, there’s nothing like a free Sunday afternoon concert in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion to get my mind off of what could have been. It’s also a great reminder that there’s more to life than watching football.

I know what you are probably thinking, I should include a resolution about not pigging out so much at the Park’s many annual festivals and the International Cottages’ lawn programs. And while that certainly isn’t a bad idea, the fact of the matter remains: I am a dog.

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