Loads of San Diego Family Fun: January 18 thru 20, 2013

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Girls examine "Is it Rock or Meteorite?" at the new Great Balls of Fire exhibit, opening January 19 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Girls examine “Is it Rock or Meteorite?” at the new Great Balls of Fire exhibit, opening January 19 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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. You can also subscribe to a free e-newsletter that highlights local people, places, and events.

Get ready for a scientific adventure of cosmic proportions when Cosmic Collisions and Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors open at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center this Saturday. Have you ever wondered about the origins of comets, asteroids and meteors? Or what they can tell us about Earth? Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors explores recent discoveries and cutting-edge science relating to these mysterious space rocks through hands-on activities, computer-based interactivity, meteorite specimens, scale models and Asteroid Encounter, an immersive audio-visual experience! Cosmic Collisions is a spectacular digital theater experience narrated by award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Redford. Featuring stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations based on cutting-edge scientific data, it reveals the unimaginable, explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth and continue to transform our galaxy and dynamic universe. For more information, please visit the Fleet at www.rhfleet.org.

If your Sundays are set aside for family activities, then head to the Mingei International Museum this Sunday, January 20, for Family Sunday. From 12-4 p.m., children and families can explore the Museum’s colorful exhibitions, create a hands-on art project and win a prize for completing a treasure hunt! This month’s craft project is Suminagashi – a Japanese technique that involves floating paper in water and dropping blue ink to create a marbling effect.


The Little Engine That Could: Eddie the Engine wants to help deliver a birthday present to Bunny Rabbit, but he is just too young! Come and help Eddie Engine climb the hill. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Price: $4/$5.

Photo by Nancy Krueger

Hullabaloo Sing-Along Concert: Come on by for some singing, dancing and foot-stomping. Scripps Mende Well Being Center. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Price: $5/family, $3/family Parent Connection.

Family Friday: Take a tour with a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide. Afterward, take the nature trail down to the Lux Classroom for a hands-on art project. Lux Art Institute. 1-4 p.m. Price: Studio admission is free for members and individuals under 21; $5 for non-members. Art project is free for up to 2 kids with one paid adult admission.


KinderTots: Meet animals and explore shapes, textures and classification. For ages 18 months to 3 years with an adult. San Diego Zoo. 10-11 a.m. Price: $12 per person plus admission for non-members.

Kids@Lux: A special Saturday morning art tour and workshop held once per residency for kids ages 6-12. Includes a studio tour, scavenger hunt, Q&A with artist-in-residence, and a hands-on art project. Lux Art Institute. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: $20/non-members; Free for members.

Wellness Week Festival: Kickoff to the 3rd Annual Wellness Week featuring performances and demonstrations, kids activities, product samples, and more. Encinitas Library. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: Free.

New Exhibit “Great Ball of Fire” Opens: Explore the origins, recent discoveries and cutting-edge science relating to comets, asteroids and meteors, as well as what they tell us about Earth. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Price: $9.75/$11.75 Gallery Admission.

Stronghold Kids Open House: Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in a fitness demo and Jiu Jitsu Workshop. The Stronghold CrossFit and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: Free.

Saturday Crafts for Kids: For ages 3 and up, head to Lakeshore Learning for a craft project. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Free.


Guided Nature Walks: Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Mission Trails Regional Park. 9:30 – 11 a.m. Price: Free.

Rippledink’s Repertory: “Go, Dog. Go!” is a P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book which comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. Casa del Prado Theatre. 11 a.m. Price: $10/$12. READ MORE…

Family Sunday: Children and families can explore their colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, and win a prize for completing the Treasure Hunt! Mingei International Museum. 12-4 p.m. Price: $5/family, $3/individual.

Family Drop-In Days: Recommended for families with children 6-12 years, this program encourages participants to explore and learn about the art on view through interactive games, child-friendly tours and art making. San Diego Museum of Art. 1-3 p.m. Price: $4.50-$12.

32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: The parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful high school bands, drill teams, colleges, fraternities, peace and youth groups, and more. Harbor Drive. 2 p.m. Price: Free.

Musicians in the Making: A program of J*Company Youth Theatre, Musicians in the Making features two young musicians from San Diego. Lawrence Family JCC. 6:30 p.m. Price: Free; donations welcome.

*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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