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.
For centuries, sailors have honed their shipboard skills to the cadence of songs recounting the adventure, tragedy and romance of life at sea. These “sea chanteys” and the sailor’s life they describe, come to life aboard the Star of India during the Maritime Museum’s Sea Chantey Festival on Sunday, July 22. Visitors will enjoy sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by popular local and national artists such as The Jackstraws, Westlin Weavers, Raggle Taggle and more. The music begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m. with a group finale. In addition, the Star of India sail crew will demonstrate various shipboard skills traditionally accompanied by sea chanteys and visitors will have a chance to join in and raise the sails of the historic ship. See the museum’s website for the complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets ($15/$8).
FRIDAY, JULY 20Photo c/o Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre
Hullabaloo Sing Along Concert: Come on by for some singing, dancing and foot-stomping. Scripps Mende Well Being Center. 10:30-1:30 a.m. Price: $5/family; $3/family Parent Connection.
Pirate Paul’s Pirate Party: Pirate Paul is searching for the treasure of Balboa Park. Come join the party! Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Three Shows: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Price: $4/$5.
Cruisin’ Grand: Check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. East Grand Avenue, Downtown Escondido. 5-9 p.m. Free.
Point Loma Summer Concert Series: Surf City All Stars perform tonight. Point Loma Park. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park: The Heroes perform tonight. Pioneer Park. 6-8 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
Bolt to the Q 5K and Kids Fun Run: 5K race starts at Chargers Park and ends at Qualcomm Stadium. Kids Fun Run well be held at stadium. Chargers Training Facility. 7 a.m. Price: $30-$50 (Proceeds to benefit Trish & Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest).
American Cancer Society Bark for Life: A noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Ocean Air Recreation Center. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Price: $25/dog & owner.Photo: stock.xchng
Grand Re-Opening of Native Plants & Native People Trail: Enjoy the wonderful native sounds of the flute while exploring the new amenities. Various native activities for all ages. San Diego Botanic Garden. 10:30 a.m. Price: $6-$12.
SEA Days: The theme for this month’s SEA Days is “Sharks around the Globe,” featuring hands-on exploration and special activities. Birch Aquarium. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: $9.50-$14.
Kid’s Night Out: Featuring gym time, arts and crafts, dinner, music, story time, and a G-rated movie. For children ages 2-7 years old. Kidville Carlsbad. 5-9 p.m. Price: $35/members; $40/non-members.
Summer Twilight Walk: Enjoy an evening walk in the park and learn about the changes that occur during dusk and as the sun goes down. Mission Trails Regional Park. 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
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.
Carlsbad Lagoon Day: This walk/run has three different routes including a fun walk for families. All routes end at the Discovery Center, where special activities will be happening. Agua Hedionda Lagoon. 10 a.m. Price: $25; $50/includes lunch.
Golden Hill Street Fair: Featuring live music, games & activities, vendors, local art, and more. 25th Street in the Golden Hill neighborhood. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.
Sea Chantey Fest: Visitors will enjoy sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by popular local and national artists, plus other activities. Maritime Museum of San Diego. 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Price: $8/$15.
Sunday Lawn Program: The House of Columbia performs today. Featuring the folklore dances of Colombia as well as traditional music and songs. International Cottages, Balboa Park. 2-3 p.m. Free.
Concerts by the Sea: Catch a concert on the beach! Featuring Charlie Imes and the Hodad Surf Club. Moonlight Beach. 3-5 p.m. Free.
Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series: Featuring the swinging sounds of the RJ Big Band. 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!