Check out these family-friendly events and activities happening this weekend in San Diego! To find more kid-friendly fun, head on over to SoCal Kids San Diego, a website dedicated to keeping parents in-the-know about family-friendly events and activities in San Diego. They also offer a free monthly e-newsletter that highlights local events.
This year marks the 33rd year that the OB Street Fair has filled Newport Avenue with an eclectic mix of family fun. The iconic community event offers attendees a vast array of activities and attractions from unique handcrafted merchandise, local food vendors, beachfront entertainment to art demonstrations and children’s activities. One distinct festival tradition for the past 14 years has been the community mural project, in which visitors can purchase one of 216 squares to help create a mural that will be displayed permanently on a building around town. Other attractions include a skateboard exhibition from Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop, as well as a Wonderland Children’s Area with pony rides, bounce house and a 150 foot inflatable water slide. New to the Street Fair is a laser tag arena at Saratoga Park. The festival will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the 4800-5000 blocks of Newport Avenue, along the waterfront and in the pier parking lot. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22Photo c/o Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre
Finger Painting Friday: Designed to foster color recognition, application techniques, and creative self-expression. Recommended for ages 4 and under. The New Children’s Museum. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: $10.Princess Phoebe’s Birthday Present: The evil wizard steals Princess Phoebe’s Birthday present that her father, the King gave her. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.
Hullabaloo: A fusion of country, rock, blues, and folk with kid-friendly lyrics, deliver a foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time! Vine Theater. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: $5/family.
Family Friday: Tour with a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide, then take the nature trail down to the Lux Classroom for a hands-on art project. Recommended for kids ages 4+. Lux Art Institute. 1-4 p.m. Price: Free for members and 21 and under; $5/non-members.
Night by the Bay: Featuring multiple performance areas, a pop up cinema, a sampling of the regions popular mobile restaurants. Bayside Park in Chula Vista. 5-11 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
San Diego Scottish Highland Games: Featuring Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming, storyteller, children’s activities, athletic competitions, Scottish entertainment, food, vendors, and more. Brengle Terrace Park. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5-$14.
Tractor Show: 50 acres of all-day fun including working antique farm and construction equipment demonstrations, a scale-model railroad exhibit, and more. Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (June 23 & 24). Price: $7-$10.
OB Street Fair: Featuring live music and entertainment, unique vendors, talented artists, rides, and more! Include Fun for Kids (Wonderland), Community Mural, Artists’ Alley, and six stages. Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. READ MORE…Fairy Festival
Fairy Festival: Create a fairy house, make fairy treasures, leave messages on the wishing bush, and enjoy singing and dancing with Snap Tap -N- Sing. San Diego Botanic Garden. 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Included with admission or membership ($6-$12).
La Jolla Festival of the Arts: Featuring over 190 artists, live chalk art creations, art performances, live entertainment and more. Warren Field at UCSD. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (June 23 & 24). Price: $12/advance; $14/gate; Children 16 and under are free.
Summer Health Fair: Featuring a number of free health screenings, a kids’ zone and children’s activities. Mission Mesa Health Center in Oceanside. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free.
Birds and Bees Festival: Featuring live birds, hands-on crafts for the kids, face painting, free ice cream, live demonstration beehive, and more. Agua Hedionda Lagoon. 12-3 p.m. Free.
Ranger Led Hike: Learn about the parks natural and cultural history, including the Kumeyaay Indians that once inhabited the land. Felicita Park. 12 p.m. Price: $3/per vehicle.
Raptor Rap: Nancy Conney of “Sky Hunters” will educate and demonstrate with live birds of prey. San Dieguito Park. 2-3 p.m. Price: $3/per vehicle.
Nature Club: Designed to provide children ages 8 to 12 with the opportunity to spend time outdoors, connecting with nature. Mission Trails Regional Park. 6-9 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Family Swap Meet: Find great deals on everything from children’s clothing and toys to play pens, high chairs, and other furniture. Brought to you by Parent Connection. Canyon Crest Academy. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Price: $2/person; Children under age 12 are free. READ MORE…FUNBelievable Play turns one! Photo: stock.xchng.com
San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo: San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo features extended summer hours from June 23 through September 3. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon during the Zoo’s “China Celebration.” San Diego Zoo. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Price: Included with membership or admission ($32/$42).
FUNBelievable Play’s Birthday Celebration: FUNBelievable Play is celebrating their first birthday with a day of fun for the family featuring Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew and cake. FUNBelievable Play. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price: $5 per child; adults free (up to two).
Alita the Show: Bilingual show (Spanish/ English) with a combination of live performances and hand made puppets. For children ages 3- 9 years old. House of Spain, International Cottages in Balboa Park. 4-4:45 p.m. Price: $5 suggested donation.
Poway Summer Concert Series: Performing is the Beatles tribute band, the Silver Beatles. Lake Poway. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.
Sundays at Six: Enjoy music of the 80′s and 90′s with Alias. Harry Griffen Park. 6-7 p.m. Free.
*It’s always a good idea to check with the venue before heading out as cancellations, postponements, and date/time changes do occur on occasion.
About SoCal Kids San Diego
SoCal Kids San Diego was founded by Kathie Zaccaria, an East County Mom dedicated to providing families all over San Diego with events and activities that are kid-friendly. From science to festivals, concerts to crafts – SoCal Kids San Diego aims to be your one-stop-shop for family fun!