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 people, places, and events.Walk, Slither or Swim to San Diego Zoo’s New Reptile Walk
The San Diego Zoo’s Reptile Walk opened to the public on July 4th. The new exhibit is a renovation of the area behind the Zoo’s Klauber-Shaw Reptile House and replaces older, smaller exhibits with three new upgraded buildings for amphibians, turtles and a collection of animals native to the Southwest, including California. The new Reptile Walk pathway leads guests through collections of animals that make their homes in various types of wetlands including marshes, swamps, bogs and fens and seasonal wetlands called vernal pools and washes. It also has a new, open-air pool exhibit for two female Chinese alligators. There are more than 50 species of animals in Reptile Walk, including poison frogs, leaf-tailed geckos, giant horned lizards, king snakes, Malayan giant turtles, and Roti Island snake-necked turtles. For more information, head to the San Diego Zoo’s website.c/o Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Is your child looking for the Thrill of ICK-tory? Then head on over to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Saturday, July 7 for Gross Olympics, a competition in celebration of the Fleet’s newest hands-on science exhibition, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of Human Body.” See who reigns supreme with the smelliest sneakers, loudest burp, and longest spitting distance. Or join a team relay competing to move a tennis ball through an “intestinal” tube the quickest. Participants may sign up on the day of the event only, one hour prior to each contest. Runs 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contests are for children ages 6 – 14, and are included with gallery admission.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Superhero Jam: Enjoy fun-filled activities including a pop-up comic book workshop, live DJ, free face painting, special appearances and performances. The New Children’s Museum. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Read More…
Puppet Circo: This is the zaniest, funniest circus you will ever see! Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Three shows: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.
Westfield Family Fun Days: Kids enjoy a story time by the El Cajon Public Library, healthy snacks, a fun craft, and more. Westfield Parkway Plaza. Ages 2-5 from 1-2 p.m. Ages 6-12 from 2-3 p.m. Free.
Friday Night Liberty: Featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District. Liberty Station. 5-8 p.m. Free.
Sunset Summer Concert Series: Enjoy the classic rock sounds of the Cat-illacs. Grossmont Center. 6-8 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Reptile Day: A popular and informative program with live reptiles, amphibians and other crawling animals. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Jack’s Pond Park. 9 a.m. Price: $3.Art in Bloom
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Home Depot’s Kids Workshop: The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety while building fun projects. Designed for children ages 5 – 12.
At your local Home Depot. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.
Art in Bloom Open House: Join artists on the patio and 37 working artists studios for a fun-filled day of art and flowers. Spanish Village Art Center. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.
GrossOlympics: In celebration of “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” exhibit, see who reigns supreme with the Smelliest Sneakers, Loudest Burp, Longest Spitting Distance, and more. For children ages 6-14. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contest Entry included with gallery admission.
Saturday Crafts for Kids: Each Saturday has a themed craft. For ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Stagecoach Days: Event features a different theme each Saturday in July and August including Californio Day, Women of the West, Soldiers and Citizens, TwainFest and Vaquero Day. Old Town San Diego. 12-4 p.m. Free. Read More…
Nature Discovery Tours: Enjoy a guided tour of the Nature Center and surrounding area. Mission Trails Regional Park. 2-3 p.m. Free.
Honk!: Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Recommended for all ages. Casa del Prado Theatre. 2 p.m. Price: $8-$14.
SUNDAY, JULY 8Cops and Rodders Car Show
Cops and Rodders Car Show: Featuring cars of all makes and models including military, police, and fire. Plus live music and vendors. Liberty Station. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.
Target Free Second Sunday: Enjoy the Museum as well as a variety of special performances and activities for children. The New Children’s Museum. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson: Artist Karl Johnson will be creating hand cut silhouette portraits. So Childish. 10 a.m. Price: $25.
Wicked: Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. Recommended for ages 9 and older. San Diego Civic Theatre. 1 p.m. Price: $32.50-$145.50. Read More…
Sunday Lawn Program: Enjoy Tango and Folklore dances from the House of Argentina. International Cottages, Balboa Park. 2-3 p.m. Free.
Concerts by the Sea: Enjoy a concert right on the sand. Featuring music by the Grass Heat. Moonlight Beach. 3-5 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!