Activities

How do I choose an activity?

Registration for our "Choose Your Own Adventure Day" activities will open to all ticketed conference attendees on June 11th at 12pm Eastern Time, 9am Pacific Time.

All attendees will receive an email the day prior with a link to the registration page where you can reserve a ticket for your activity of choice. Many of our activities have a limited number of tickets available! In the event an activity sells out, waitlists will be available to join in the event someone changes their mind or we add more tickets.

NodeBoats

Take the mission of spreading JavaScript to every corner of the world to its next logical conclusion, the water!

Join a worthy crew (or cross the seas solo) to hack together a boat (or a boat-like floaty object) using Node.js to bring the seas under your control. At the end of the day, all participants will be invited to leave the safety of harbor to head out for a one-of-a-kind JavaScript regatta as entrants race their boats across the hotel's kiddie pool! Bonus points if you can turn around and head back to shore!

Note: You may get wet on this ride as you will undoubtedly need to rescue your vessel at least once. Dress appropriately!

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NodeBots

Team up (or go solo) to hack together electronic circuits, all using just JavaScript!

If you have no idea what an LED is, or a resistor for that matter, have no fear.

The experts that literally invented the JavaScript-powered hardware community will be on hand to help you hack your way to success as you learn all about sensors, the difference between motors and servos, breadboards, breakout boards, LCD and segmented displays, photocells, trimpots, and more!

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NodeRockets

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF!!! Why stop with just Earth? It is time to take JavaScript to outer space!

NodeRockets combines all the power of hobby rockets with all the geekery of Node.js. Sign up, flight control, as we take to the sky, terrify anyone on the driving range, and break the altitude barrier WITH CODE!

After learning how to build your rocket tube, you'll get to work on your mission payload and re-entry module using JavaScript. Once you've been cleared for take off, you'll take the controls of our remote controlled, JavaScript-powered launch pad, fuel your rocket with pressurized water, and shoot for the moon! Once your mission is complete, your rocket will deploy the parachute and return safely to Earth! And if not, well, the driving range isn't just for golf balls anymore!

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NodeArt

We're excited to introduce, for the first time ever, NodeArt! Learn how to use JavaScript to create something beautiful in either your browser, a hardware device you design, or both! We'll provide you some of the basics of generating visualizations with code as well as how to interact with various inputs such as light sensors, the WebAudioAPI, and the MidiAPI. Let your creativity take it from there and create some new and unique!

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Safari Park Adventure

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a one-of-a-kind 2,200 acre wildlife preserve where over 4,000 rare and endangered species can be seen in habitats replicating their native homelands. Take a ride on the African Tram – it’s the absolute best way to see the diverse collection of animals on the African Outpost. Then, take your time checking out the extensive individual animal enclosures or catch a show! There are so many options to choose from such as the Tiger Keeper Talk, Frequent Flyers Bird Show, or the crowd favorite, Shiley’s Cheetah Run!

Transportation to and from the Safari Park will be provided. Companion tickets for children and adults will be available for purchase.

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Surfing Lessons

What could be more Southern Californian than surfing?

Professional instructors will teach you essential fundamentals which guide you through the amazing process of learning to surf. No matter your skill level, you will learn the basics of board handling, positioning, paddling, various techniques on getting to your feet, surfing etiquette, ocean knowledge, and water safety.

The instructors will be in the water assisting you into waves and giving you tips after each ride to help you successfully ride your next wave to the beach. The lesson will start with an instruction session on the beach that will last approximately 20 minutes before getting into the water with your instructor.

Note: You will get wet! Basic swimming competency is required. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, and a bathing suit. Wetsuits will be provided. Space is limited, register early!

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Sea Kayaking

Do you like to play in the open ocean waters, the cool sea spray whispering over you? Then join us for an exciting day of adventure and exploration!

You will be kayaking in La Jolla, one of the many breathtaking ocean water areas in San Diego County. If you've ever wanted to try sea kayaking or just want to enjoy the thrill once again, this is the experience for you! After donning your wetsuit, you'll be paired up into a tandem kayak, and head right into the water, receiving instruction as you go.

Note: You will get wet! Basic swimming competency is required. Please bring a towel, extra clothes, and a bathing suit. Wetsuits will be provided. Space is limited, register early!

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Stand-Up Paddle Board Lessons

Want to be outside, but still need access to the Internet? Come on down to the Omni La Costa's Edge Pool where you can get a nice cold drink, a bit of food, WiFi, and cool off with a dip in the pool.

Have kids along for the ride? Are you a kid yourself? Head over to the kids pool and check out their sandy beach or take a slide down not one, but TWO waterslides!

Even if you are registered for another event, stop by the pool for a bit! Who knows, you may even catch a repeat of synchronized.swimming.js.

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Golf Tournament

Take advantage of either of La Costa's world-class "Legends" golf courses!

The tournament will be organized into teams of four (4) with all teams playing scramble format (AKA best shot of team is taken). Solo players will be formed into teams. Golf attire will be required: collared shirts, no jeans. Club rentals are available or you can bring your own.

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Poolside Relaxation

Want to be outside, but still need access to the Internet? Come on down to the Omni La Costa's Edge Pool where you can get a nice cold drink, a bit of food, WiFi, and cool off with a dip in the pool.

Have kids along for the ride? Are you a kid yourself? Head over to the kids pool and check out their sandy beach or take a slide down not one, but TWO waterslides!

Even if you are registered for another event, stop by the pool for a bit! Who knows, you may even catch a repeat of synchronized.swimming.js.

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On Your Own

Want to venture out on your own? Great! Carlsbad and the surrounding cities of Oceanside, Escondido, and Encinitas have plenty to offer! LEGOLand, the Flower Fields, nearly twenty craft breweries, several beaches, and dozens of great restaurants are all a short drive away!

Check out our City Guide for more information!

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