Good Afternoon! The first day of summer was a few days ago, which is a nice friendly reminder that the Annual Conference is fast approaching! Speaking of summer, I interviewed Mike Nush, Director of Convention Services, and Tony Reese, Lead Operations Manager at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina about their Summer Play! Program. The Sheraton’s Summer Play! Program features free poolside activities for kids and families, daily discounts on boat rentals, charters, and attractions, tennis and yoga classes, and more!
What kinds of Amenities can families expect to find while staying at the Sheraton during the IOCDF Annual Conference?
We have 3 pools at the Sheraton- 2 large pools, and 1 kid’s pool. We also have a spa and fitness center and have a variety of classes, including Cardio Tennis, Surfer’s Flow Yoga, and Stand Up Paddle Board lessons. Every day, we have a numerous other activities and games that all hotel guests can take advantage of during their free time: badminton, bocce, tennis, basketball, croquet, game room and Wii Zone, hammocks, bike rentals, and ping pong.
Guests can also take advantage of 90-minute jet ski rentals from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and discounts on kayak, paddle board, and pedal boat rentals from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Discounts on on-site charter services are also available, including the Adventure R.I.B. rides and Pirate Ship Adventures. For more information about charters available at the Sheraton marina, please visit the Concierge desk in the lobby.
What kinds of Kid’s Activities during the Summer Play! Program will be taking place each morning from 11:30 am-12:00 pm and afternoon from 2:00 pm-2:30 pm?
Free games and activities will be available for kids of all ages at the Lagoon Pool during these times- just show up at the Fun Desk and talk with a Fun Agent to find out. Our Fun Agents are interns from nearby colleges and are all committed to providing fun and excitement for all kids and families during their stay at the Sheraton.
Games and activities played depend on the ages of those that want to participate, but here are some activities that we play: Putting Challenge, dive stick pool games, homerun derby, tug o’ war, cannonball contest, hula hoop contest, water balloon tosses, and many more!
Which activity listed on the Summer Play! Calendar is your personal favorite and why?
Our favorite Summer Play! activity is definitely the Dive-In Movie series. Every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 during the summer, we show a movie on a projector screen right over the pool. Kids and families can float around on rafts or relax on lounge chairs around the pool while watching a fun family film and enjoying free popcorn. During the Conference weekend, the movie The Incredibles is showing on Friday 7/29 and Cars is showing on Saturday 7/30.
Could you tell us a little more about the family portraits that are available at the Fun Desk at the Lagoon Pool?
Our Fun Agents at the Lagoon Pool capture fun family moments outdoors during the Summer Play! Program. All pictures that are taken, whether candid or portrait, can be emailed to families to enjoy once the Conference is over- and all pictures are free!
What is your favorite restaurant at the Sheraton and why? Which of the restaurants would you say is most kid/family friendly?
Shoreline restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, is our favorite and is also very family-friendly. It is outside right on the water and is also next to the pool, so you can actually dine in your bathing suit! Shoreline has about 10-12 entrees and also a variety of sandwiches and appetizers, so it is sure to have a bunch of delicious and healthy options for everyone.
Harborsedge restaurant has a great breakfast buffet (which you can check out before or after the Conference, since breakfast is provided on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and Starbucks, which is located right off of the hotel lobby, also has a bunch of to-go options for breakfast and lunch.
What are some other fun and inexpensive attractions to check out close to the hotel? Also, what are you favorite beaches to go to- are there any that are within walking distance of the hotel?
Spanish Landing is a park that is less than a mile walk from the hotel. While it doesn’t have a beach, it does have a playground for kids and a beautiful view of San Diego Bay, so this is definitely a nice relaxing spot that Conference attendees can check out during the weekend. For beaches, Coronado Beach (which is south of the hotel) is about 5 miles, or 15-20 minutes, away and is very family-oriented and peaceful. Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach are both north of the hotel, and La Jolla (which is about 20-30 minutes away by car) has beautiful beaches as well.
Definitely make sure to take advantage of these great activities and events during your stay at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Summer Play! Program calendar will be available to pick up during the Conference, and a copy will also be placed in all hotel rooms for you to peruse- also feel free to consult the Concierge desk in the lobby as they would be more than happy to answer any of your questions about hotel programs!