Family Weekend Events in San Diego for November 2-4, 2012

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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 family-friendly events and activities in San Diego. They also offer a free monthly e-newsletter that highlights local people, places, and events.

Back when I was a kid…. Ah, those famous words. This Sunday, November 4, you can bring the youngins’ back even farther to the 1880’s during the 12th annual Fall Back Festival in the Gaslamp Quarter. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can pan for gold, watch San Diego’s own Wyatt Earp defend 4th Avenue from outlaws, take a hayride through town, try their hand at churning butter, saddle up for a pony ride, dress in old-time attire, and check out blacksmith demonstrations. Entrance to this festival is free, but some of the activities do require a nominal fee. The Fall Back Festival takes place in front of the Gaslamp Museum at 4th and Island.


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Monsters Under the Bed: Tommy says there are monsters under his bed! It sounds like rock ‘n roll. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Price: $4/$5.Día de los Muertos: This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and craft activities, is free and designed for all ages. Old Town San Diego. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Price: Free. READ MORE…

Friday Night Liberty: Featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade. Liberty Station. 5-8 p.m. Price: Free.


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Sunrise Surprise Strolls: These insider walking tours of the Zoo are called “surprise” for a reason. You won’t know where you’ll go until you get there! For ages 12 and over (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). San Diego Zoo. 7:30-9 a.m. Price: $16/person + Zoo admission or membership.San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Rehearsals: Visitors are invited to observe these rehearsals to experience the beautiful sounds created by young musicians (ages 8-25). Casa del Prado. 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Price: Free.Curie Craft Fair: Featuring items for sale (ceramics, jewelry, art) as well as food booths and carnival games. Curie Elementary. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Free admission.

Home Depot’s Kids Workshop: Offers useful and fun projects for kids ages 5-12. Each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. At your local Home Depot. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: Free.

Renaissance Faire: Step back in time to 1572 where more than 500 re-enactors will stage a renaissance era village. Felicita Park. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Price: $8-$17 plus $5 parking fee.

Saturday Crafts for Kids: Art projects for kids ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Free.

Families Make History: Each weekend there will be hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. San Dieguito Heritage Museum. 12-4 p.m. Price: Free.

Heritage Park Fall Festival: Featuring children’s games, music, food, and more. Heritage Park. 12-4 p.m. Price: Free admission.

Family Science Saturdays: Discover novel ways of using ordinary materials to create extraordinary objects. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 1-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($9.75-$15.75).

Day of the Dead for Everyone Festival: Featuring a dance performance, sugar skull and face-painting crafts, and refreshments. Bonita-Sunnyside Library. 2-5 p.m. Price: Free.


Carlsbad Village Street Faire: Featuring over 850 unique vendors, children’s rides, food center, and more. Village of Carlsbad. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: Free admission.

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San Marcos Alive Artwalk: In addition to a fine arts fair, the event will include craft vendors, a chalk art contest, art demonstrations, a community mural painting project, entertainment, and plenty of hands-on art projects. Old California Restaurant Row. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: Free admission.

Fall Back Festival: This festival offers historical and cultural education for the whole family. Children can witness a blacksmith demonstration, pan for gold, and create their own Native American sand painting. Gaslamp Quarter. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: Free admission. READ MORE…

Family Drop-in Days: Learn about the art on view through interactive games, child-friendly tours and art making. Recommended for children 6-12 years old. San Diego Museum of Art. 1-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($4.50-$12).

Sunday Lawn Programs: Enjoy a sampler program from the House of Pacific Relations. International Cottages, Balboa Park. 2-3 p.m. Price: 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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