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.
Memorial weekend is here. Bring on the BBQ, beach, and family fun! As we gather with loved ones and celebrate the un-official start of summer, we also join together to pay tribute to our veterans. In honor of the men and women who died while serving our nation, there are a number of ceremonies happening around San Diego.
The USS Midway Museum kicks things off on Saturday, May 26th at 9 a.m. with their Veterans Wreath Remembrance Ceremony. Veteran participants will include recipients from WWII to Operation Desert Storm. The event is free to the public. All attendees can stay aboard following the ceremony. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m., the Kensington neighborhood will host their Holiday at Home parade consisting of marching school bands, military veterans, local schools, organizations, and more. Also on Memorial Day, the City of Solana Beach and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 host the 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at La Colonia Park.
Once again this summer, Blue Star Museums – a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America – will be offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. There are plenty of museums to choose from here in San Diego. From the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas and the San Diego Archaeological Center in Escondido to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, and the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, just to name a few. Find more participating museums by visiting the Blue Star Museums website.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
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.
Mac’s Kids Corner: For children interested in listening to train stories, playing games, and creating various railroad crafts. San Diego Model Railroad Museum. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: $4-$8; children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
KinderNights: Enjoy animal-themed fun with your youngster (ages 3 to 6). All sessions include a snack and an animal interaction. San Diego Zoo. 6-7:30 p.m. Price: $12/$15.
SATURDAY, MAY 26
Summer Nights: Here comes a summer full of good times as the park transforms after dark with extended hours and seasonal nighttime only shows. SeaWorld San Diego. Included with admission.
Do Good Project: Teach kids about volunteering in a fun atmosphere. The first Do Good Project is a school restoration project. Participate in a variety of activities plus enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and dance sessions. Central Elementary School. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
San Diego All-American Soap Box Derby: Youths (age 8-17) will be racing gravity cars down a sloped hill in Sherman Heights. 25th Street in Sherman Heights. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.
Santee Street Fair: Featuring live bands, rides, entertainment, food, arts & crafts, vendor booths, and more! Santee Trolley Square. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free.
Grossology Exhibit Opens: Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at “GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.” Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Price: $9.75/$11.75. Article.
Nature Walks: The Tijuana Estuary protects a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center. Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.
Elaine Swann’s Savvy Soiree, Mother Daughter Tea: Get in your girly time together by sitting down for a spot of tea, sandwiches and lovely desserts. Check out the latest in spring attire with the mother/daughter fashion show. And hear a special word from Elaine Swann. Encinitas Community Center. 1-3 p.m. Free.
Annie: Young Actors’ Theatre presents Annie, a story about a spunky depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. ENCORE! Theater. 2-4 p.m. Price: $10-$14.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Strawberry Festival: The 2012 Vista Strawberry Festival will feature a 5K Fun Run and Kids Run, as well as 200+ vendors at the street fair, carnival rides, contests, and more. Main Street, Downtown Vista. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Article.
Guided Nature Walk: Join an MTRP Trail Guide on a guided nature walk from the Visitor Center and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Mission Trails Regional Park. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.
32nd Annual Ethnic Food Fair: Sample culinary treats of 32 different cultures and enjoy a full day of traditional performances. International Cottages, Balboa Park. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nature Discovery Tour: Get in touch with nature during guided tours of the Nature Center and surrounding area. Chula Vista Nature Center. 2-3 p.m. Included with admission.
*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!