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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.
Start your engines and get ready for a weekend of cars, Mars, theatre, water, and glowing blocks! San Diego Junior Theatre presents the final production of their 64th season with Footloose. Footloose is directed by Steve Anthony with set design by SDJT alumnus Jay Heiserman (2x Emmy Award winning designer for the Ellen Degeneres Show) and runs through August 12. Footloose takes place in a small farming town which is unexpectedly turned upside-down when Ren, a high school student from Chicago, reluctantly moves there with his mother. Grape Day Park is being transformed with large-scale interactive art for Glow-in-the-Park on Saturday, August 4 from 7-11 p.m. Perfect for all ages, you will have a chance to stack oversize glowing blocks, sing karaoke on the moon, and download an app to change the colors on a 15′ tall LED sculpture. This free event will feature 15 art pieces. If you love cars, then you will want to check out the Vista Rod Run on Sunday, August 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Downtown Vista. There will be a variety of hot rods, classic cars, and specialty vehicles – over 300 in attendance! Plus there will be a children’s carnival, games, food, vendors and more. San Diego Coastkeeper is hosting Clear Blue 2012 on Sunday, August 5 from 12-5 p.m. at Mission Bay’s Ventura Cove. They are celebrating swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego County and the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. This free event will feature music by DJ Electrichead, friendly kayak and swimming races, and free food. Engage in space-related events all weekend at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center! On Saturday, take the ultimate trip by experiencing the Fleet’s realistic Mission Control and 21st century Space Station simulators during Public Nierman Challenger Mission -‘Return to the Moon’. On Sunday, join the Fleet for a special Mars Rover Curiosity Landing event with an opportunity to watch the live NASA feed of Curiosity’s challenging landing in the Heikoff Dome Theater. The Fleet will re-open at 7:30 p.m. with various Mars-related activities until the live NASA feed at 10:31 p.m.
Photo c/o Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Kidville Chula Vista “How To” Summer Series: Learn how to cook healthy and easy meals for your family from Leyna Butcher. Kidville Chula Vista. 10-11 a.m. Free.
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.
What’s New Pussycat?: Join this adventurous pussycat as he pursues his dream of becoming a “STAR”. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Showtimes: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.
Children’s Concert: Local author/songwriter/musician Clint Perry brings his fun, interactive show to the library. Spring Valley Library. 1:30-2 p.m. Free.
Friday Night Liberty: Featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment. Liberty Station. 5-8 p.m. Free.
Movies by the Lake: Sit under the stars and watch “The Muppets.” Santee Lakes. 6 p.m. Price: Movie is free; parking $8.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
58th Annual Balboa 8 and 3 Mile Runs: Featuring an 8 mile run along with a 3 mile run open to all ages. Balboa Park. 7:30 a.m. Price: $5-$17.
23rd Annual Clairemont Family Day: Featuring arts and crafts, vendors, local bands, carnival rides, pony rides, demos and more. South Clairemomt Park. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Home Depot’s Kids Workshops: The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while creating fun projects. Designed for children ages 5-12. At your local Home Depot. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.Photo: stock.xchng
Project Wildlife’s Bird Basics for Kids: Children can explore hands-on displays of feathers, nests, and owl pellets and make a bird feeder to take home. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Jack’s Pond Park. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: $3/participant.
4th Annual Smokin’ Q Classic: Featured at the Smokin’ Q Classic are 2 oz BBQ Tastes for purchase, a street fair, kid’s carnival, live entertainment, and the First Annual Blazin’ Bike Show. Main Street in Downtown Vista. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.
Fisher-Price Playdates: Great for kids 5 and under, check out the super-sized play area with new Fisher-Price toys. San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Also Aug. 5). Price: Included with admission.
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly: Rock-n-roll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of Doreen Cronin’s wildly popular children’s books. Recommended for all ages. Casa del Prado Theatre. 11 a.m. Price: $8-$14.
Philippine Cultural Arts Festival: Featuring performing arts, songs, music, dance, plus food and craft merchandise. Balboa Park. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (also Aug. 5). Free admission.
2nd Annual Women’s Multicultural Marketplace: Featuring special guest speakers, gourmet food trucks, entertainment, fun activities for the kids, community resources, and more. Market Creek Plaza. 12-6 p.m. Free.
Space Expo Saturday: Enjoy space-related activities including a Mars Rover Landing Challenge in the Tinkering Studio, Ask a Planetary Scientist table, and Hands-On Activities at the E-bar. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 12-3 p.m. Price: Challenger $15/members; $20/non-members; other activities included with admission ($9.75/$11.75).
Glow-in-the-Park: Sing on the moon, stack oversize glowing blocks, download an app to change the colors on a 15′ tall LED sculpture, and more. Grape Day Park. 7-11 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Guided Nature Walks: Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Mission Trails Regional Park. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.
Vista Rod Run: The Vista Rod Run features over 300 classic cars, hot rods, and specialty vehicles. Main Street in Downtown Vista. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Clear Blue 2012: Celebrate swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters in San Diego with fun water activities, music, and food. Mission Bay. 12-5 p.m. Free.
ArtWalk Sundays: Featuring local artists, exhibits from local car clubs, and live entertainment. Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos. 2-5 p.m. Free.
Organ Concert: Enjoy a free organ concert in beautiful Balboa Park. Spreckels Organ Pavilion. 2-3 p.m. Free.
Poway’s Summer Concert Series: Enjoy the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, CoastRiders. Lake Poway. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.
Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series: Put on your dancing shoes for 70′s disco and rock band, Spectrum. 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!