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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 famil-friendly events and activities in San Diego. They also offer a free monthly e-newsletter that highlights local people, places, and events.
Looking for a little zest this weekend? Head on over to Chula Vista for their Lemon Festival. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, enjoy everything lemon! On tap is live entertainment on three stages, a kids’ fun zone, international food, vendors, a health and fitness showcase, and the largest lemon contest. Chula Vista’s Lemon Festival will take place on Third Avenue from E Street to Roosevelt. Surf’s up this weekend in Oceanside during the 28th Annual Longboard Contest and Beach Festival on August 10-12. While surfers are hanging ten south of Oceanside Pier, artists, tasty food, and live music will be rocking the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. Both amateurs and pros will be competing in Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s family-friendly event. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Oceanside High School and El Camino High School for the schools’ surf team activities, the California Surf Museum, and the Scholastic Surf Series.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
28th Annual Longboard Contest and Beach Festival: The contest and beach festival is a family-oriented event featuring local surfers, artists, tasty food, and live music all day Saturday and Sunday. Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater in Oceanside. 6:30 a.m. (also Sat. & Sun.). Free to attend.
Toddler Time: Featuring fun art making activities that build motor skills. Recommended for ages 3 and under. The New Children’s Museum. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($10).
Something’s Fishy: Curious little Garibaldi does not want to swim with the other fish and finds trouble until Mama Mia rescues him from the jaws of a lazy, hungry whale. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Three Shows: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.
Concerts on the Promenade: Enjoy the western sounds of Tom Hyatt and the Sundown Riders. Prescott Promenade. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park: Check out the Jackstraws Surf Band! Pioneer Park. 6-8 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer: A street fair for dogs and dog-lovers! Featuring contests, live music by Bucket Ruckus, food, free samples, giveaways, doggie photo booth, a blessing of the dogs, and much more. Aberdeen Dr. & Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. READ MORE…
Lowe’s Build and Grow: Kids ages 5 and older build a project and receive a free apron, goggles, patch, and more. At your local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. 10-11 a.m. Free.
Sensory Friendly Films: Sensory Friendly Films gives families affected by autism an opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” plays today. AMC Mission Valley. 10 a.m.
Circus Family Day: Stop by to check out the the Circus Trains and enjoy Clowns, Circus Snacks, and Circus Kraft Activities. San Diego Model Railroad Museum. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($4-$8; children 14 and under are free with adult).
7th Annual Fiesta del Sol: A free two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and engagement of the people of San Diego. Cesar Chavez Park. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Also on Sunday). Free.Photo: www.sxc.hu/profile/romychamo
Saturday Science Club for Girls: Girls in grades 5 – 8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 12-2 p.m. Price: $14 per person.
Japan Festival: Exciting cultural performances, sushi, snacks, origami, prize raffle, and more! Encinitas Library. 1-4 p.m. Free.
Puppets on Stage: The presentation will feature a variety of characters who sing, dance, juggle and interact with the audience. Great show for kids 3 yrs old and up. Expressive Arts. 3:30-4:15 p.m. Price: $5/adults, $3/youth.
Family Swim Night: Watch a movie, play games, and more. Woodland Park Pool, San Marcos. 6-9 p.m. Price: $5 per person.
Bat Hike: Learn how to see and hear real bats as they come out to feed in the Park! Dos Picos Regional Park, Ramona. 7:40-8:25 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
Guided Nature Walks: Join an MTRP Trail Guide and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Mission Trails Regional Park. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.
Target Free Second Sunday: This free day allows all children and families in the community to enjoy the Museum and also includes a variety of special performances and activities for children. The New Children’s Museum. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Chula Vista Lemon Festival: Featuring live entertainment on three stages, handcrafters, international food, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore. Third Avenue, Chula Vista. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free admission.
Hillcrest Cityfest: A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, food, games, activities, and over 250 vendors. 5th Avenue, Hillcrest. 12-9 p.m. Free admission.
Sunday Lawn Program: Entertainment for this event is provided by the House of Panama’s own folkloric group “Sonares de mi Tierra.” International Cottages, Balboa Park. 2-3 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.
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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!