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5 Fun Reasons to attend the 2015 Parent Conference in San Diego!

NHSA's 32nd Annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference is coming up soon - if you haven't registered yet, be sure to reserve your space at the link above! In addition to the expert speakers, excellent learning sessions, and exciting special events, the Parent Conference offers a truly awesome setting: San Diego! Here are just some highlights of the scenery, culture and sunshine that San Diego offers.


1. Balboa Park

Photo: Michael Seljos

San Diego's rich interest in arts and culture is showcased in ninety museums, historic sites and monuments. The 1,200-acre Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States, is often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West" and is home to 15 museums, numerous art galleries, five theaters including The Old Globe, and 16 beautiful gardens.

2. Coronado

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Situated a bridge across from downtown San Diego, Coronado offers a rich, romantic history, the nation's #1 family beach in 2012, and an idyllic seaside paradise to enjoy throughout the year. The "Crown City" also offers intimate B&Bs and luxury resorts like the landmark Hotel del Coronado, beautiful gardens, elegant mansions, a charming 1950's-style downtown and an all-American small-town quaintness.  

3. Downtown San Diego and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown San Diego is a dynamic urban center with trendy new restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, grand Victorian-era buildings are home to more than a hundred of the city's finest restaurants, nightclubs, bars and retail shops.  

4. La Jolla

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The Mediterranean-style village of La Jolla, curved along the blue Pacific, is considered the "jewel" of San Diego.  La Jolla offers fine dining with breathtaking ocean views, retail shopping that rivals northern neighbors Rodeo Drive and South Coast Plaza, and sophisticated, world-class arts and culture

5. Balboa Park December Nights (Dec. 4 - 5)

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Balboa Park December Nights, the nation's premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year."