by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Tabitha Jackson Photography


faces_perez2New parents: as you embark upon that wild new life known as child-rearing, what kinds of questions might you have as you navigate through family life in San Diego? When you take your children out, where do you go? What do you need to know? Carlsbad mom Tanya Perez saw these questions, and found a way to answer it: Kidcentric.

Kidcentric San Diego is a family blog Tanya created to share ideas for parents on where to go and what to do in America’s Finest City. “There are things that parents often wonder about a place before they go,” Tanya explained. “For example, is the playground flooring sand or rubber? Are the restrooms easily accessible for my potty trainer? How far away will I have to park and will I be able to bring my stroller?” Through Kidcentric, she answers these questions from two important additional perspectives: details and photographs. Details like shade space, eating areas, and food availability are covered before parents close the laptop. “Often times by having these details and just seeing what a space looks like, you can decide whether or not it is a place you want to visit.”

Name: Tanya Perez
Profession: Stay-at-home mom, founder of Kidcentric San Diego
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Husband, two children
Hobbies: Photography, travel
Favorite Local Spots: Lola’s 7 Up Market & Deli, Succulent Cafe, South Ponto Beach
Instagram: @kidcentricsd

faces_perez3To decide on locations to feature, Tanya’s mission is twofold: she looks for experiences which would be fun for kids and families, like museums, hiking trails, or nature centers. On the other end, she looks for everyday family friendly places like restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping centers. A burgeoning personal interest in photography, coupled with family members who are photographers (her father and nephew) help make her Kidcentric blog more relevant and complete. “I would also love to start including some of the different resorts in the area,” Tanya shared. “Every family needs a staycation once in a while.”

Since 2012, Tanya Perez and her family – husband of seven years and two children, one boy and one girl – have loved calling Carlsbad home. Her advice for people looking to create their own blog or new adventure? “Look at what it is that you want to do and figure out what your first step needs to be. It took me over two years to take that first step, but now that I’ve done it, I have a new sense of confidence.” Have some confidence of your own in planning your next adventure: go to Kidcentric.