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.
Friday, April 27
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: Included with admission ($10).
Family Friday: Take a tour with a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide that promises a fun and interactive journey through sculptor Gwynn Murrill’s exhibition. Recommended for kids ages 4+. Lux Art Institute. 1-4 p.m. Price: Free/members & individuals under 21; $5/non-members.
Cruisin’ Grand: Check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. East Grand Avenue. 5-9 p.m. Free.
Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.: When the boy who never grows up whisks the three Darling children away to Neverland, they embark on an adventure they’ll never forget. Produced by San Diego Junior Theatre. Casa del Prado Theatre. 7 p.m. Price: $8-$14.
Mamafest 2012: As the name suggests, Mamafest is a time to connect with other moms! Event features shopping, speakers, swag bags, socializing and more. La Costa Resort and Spa. 7-10 p.m. Price: $20/$25.
Saturday, April 28
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day: Healthy Kids Day® is a free community events that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being. Check you local YMCA. Times vary per location. Free.
Spring Garden Festival: This yearly festival features exhibits, presentation, vendors, “Ask the Experts,” educational program with Ms. Smarty Plants, and face painting, paper bag hat-making, and more. The Water Conservation Garden. 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Free.
Renaissance Faire: More than 500 re-enactors will stage a renaissance era village complete with knights, gypsies, barbarians, and pixies. Renaissance Faire will also feature kids entertainment and a treasure hunt. Felicita Park. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Price: $11-$17 plus $5 parking fee.
Kidville Carlsbad Birthday Celebration: Join the fun at Kidville Carlsbad’s one year anniversary party. Featuring arts & crafts, live music, face painter, raffles, demonstrations, and cake. Kidville Carlsbad. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Article.
TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil Free Day: The New Children’s Museum is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to provide free admission and special activities related to the current exhibition, TRASH. The New Children’s Museum. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Junior Ranger Day: In celebration of National Park Week, Junior Ranger Day features a Climate Change Junior Ranger program, ranger-led talks and walks. Cabrillo National Monument. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Article.
The Washed Ashore Exhibit Celebration: Activities include guided tours, live animal encounters, environmental arts and crafts projects, interactive games, scavenger hunts, and more. Chula Vista Nature Center. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price: $9-$14.
Día Del Niño – Children’s Day: Family fun including live music, games, hands-on activities for children and a chance to connect with others and learn about positive family programs. Grape Day Park. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
4th Annual Riverview International Fair: Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, play carnival games, watch traditional dances, plus kids activities such as inflatable slides, face painting, and petting Zoo. Riverview Elementary School. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.
April Pools Day: Featuring free swim lessons, water safety presentation, demonstrations, and more. La Mesa Municipal Pool. 12 – 3p.m. Free.
Train Song Festival: Featuring live musical entertainment and storytellers inspired by the history and culture surrounding trains and railroads. Old Poway Park. 12-8 p.m. Free.
Star Party: A telescope will be available to view the nighttime sky! View features on the Moon. Mission Trails Regional Park. 7-10 p.m. Free.
Celebrate Carlsbad day at LEGOLAND: Join this pep rally for education and help the Carlsbad Education Foundation. Pay only $20 for tickets (regular ticket price $72 Adult / $62 Children 3 and up). Parking at gate $12.00. $6 SEA LIFE Aquarium tickets (regular ticket price $21 adults / $15 Children 3 and up). Park in the same parking lot as LEGOLAND. 1pm park Entrance ~ 8:30 fireworks ~ 9:00 park closes.
Sunday, April 29
Encinitas Street Faire: Browse among 400 vendor booths, children’s rides, four live stages. Downtown Encinitas. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission. Article.
San Diego Children’s Choir: A free concert for park visitors as part of National Park Week. Cabrillo National Monument. 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free. Article.
Nature Discovery Tours: Guided tours of the Nature Center and surrounding area. Chula Vista Nature Center. 2-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($9-$14).
Sunday Lawn Programs: Member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods. Today, enjoy the House of Italy. International Cottages, Balboa Park. 2-3 p.m. Free.
Fancy Nancy Tea Adventure: Children’s illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will read from her new book. Each child will receive an autographed copy of Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. The Westgate Hotel. 1st seating sold out. Second seating at 4:30 p.m. Price: $49/$39. Article.
*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!