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100 Activities to Do With Your Mentee

These activities not only provide fun and engagement but also foster learning, creativity, and community involvement!

Outdoor Activities
  1. Visit Balboa Park and explore the gardens.

  2. Hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

  3. Spend a day seal watching at La Jolla Cove beach.

  4. Bike ride along Mission Bay.

  5. Explore the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument.

  6. Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden (free on certain days).

  7. Walk around Seaport Village.

  8. Enjoy a picnic at Waterfront Park.

  9. Go geocaching in a local park or area.

  10. Take a ferry to Coronado and explore the island.

  11. Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

  12. Go birdwatching at the Tijuana River Estuary.

  13. Spend a day at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

  14. Hike the trails at Cowles Mountain.

  15. Explore Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

  16. Spend a day at Del Mar Beach.

  17. Walk around the Chula Vista Marina.

  18. Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden on a free day.

  19. Have a sandcastle building contest at the beach.

  20. Explore the Mission Trails Regional Park.

Cultural and Educational Activities
  1. Visit the San Diego Museum of Art on a free admission day.

  2. Attend a free concert at Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

  3. Tour the USS Midway Museum on a discount day.

  4. Explore the Museum of Photographic Arts on a free day.

  5. Visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum on a discount day.

  6. Attend a free workshop at a local library.

  7. Participate in a community science fair.

  8. Visit the Fleet Science Center on a Resident Free Day.

  9. Take a self-guided tour of historical Gaslamp Quarter.

  10. Attend a free cultural festival (like the Filipino-American Cultural Festival).

  11. Visit the San Diego History Center on a free day.

  12. Explore the New Children's Museum (discounted entry).

  13. Tour the historic missions of San Diego.

  14. Visit the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.

  15. Attend a storytelling session at a local library.

  16. Explore the Timken Museum of Art (always free).

  17. Attend a community theater performance at a local school or college.

  18. Participate in a library reading challenge.

  19. Visit the Women’s Museum of California.

  20. Explore local art galleries during an art walk.

Creative and Craft Activities
  1. Attend a free art workshop at a community center.

  2. Participate in a candle making workshop.

  3. Make pottery at a local studio.

  4. Join a knitting or crochet group at a local library.

  5. Attend a DIY craft class at Michaels, Joann Fabrics, or Home Depot.

  6. Paint rocks and hide them around the community.

  7. Create a scrapbook of outings together.

  8. Join a community garden and learn about planting.

  9. Attend a free photography class.

  10. Make friendship bracelets.

  11. Write and illustrate a short story together.

  12. Create a vision board.

  13. Decorate cookies or cupcakes.

  14. Learn calligraphy at a free workshop.

  15. Go on a scavenger hunt in a local park.

  16. Create handmade cards for seniors in a nursing home.

  17. Paint canvases in a park.

  18. Make a DIY bird feeder.

  19. Explore the murals and street art in Chicano Park.

  20. Create a mosaic art piece.

Community and Volunteer Activities
  1. Volunteer at a local animal shelter.

  2. Participate in a beach cleanup day.

  3. Help at a local food bank.

  4. Volunteer at a community garden.

  5. Participate in a neighborhood beautification project.

  6. Help out at a local library.

  7. Volunteer at a community event.

  8. Participate in a local charity walk/run.

  9. Make blankets or crafts for hospitals.

  10. Visit residents at a nursing home.

  11. Volunteer at a local farmers market.

  12. Participate in or organize a community recycling event.

  13. Participate in junior ranger programs.

  14. Participate in a local park cleanup.

  15. Volunteer at a hospital.

  16. Make  cards for soldiers overseas.

  17. Participate in a community book drive.

  18. Participate in a tree planting event.

  19. Volunteer at a community soup kitchen.

  20. Assist with a local environmental conservation project.

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