From monster trucks to wellness and wetlands, there’s no shortage of family fun in San Diego this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to check out monster trucks battle it out at the Monster Jam. Head to the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center to learn all about birds in the wetlands. Participate in the Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run. Or get fit and have fun at the Wellness Week Festival in Encinitas. Have a great weekend!

photo by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

San Diego

Pet Pals at the Humane Society
Get ready to meet and learn about animals at the San Diego Humane Society. This month’s theme is Project Wildlife. Fri. Event details.

Hullabaloo in Concert
Come sing and dance with San Diego’s favorite kid friendly band! Stay after the concert to enjoy all of the other Kid Ventures fun. Fri. Event details.


Monster Jam
Fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction with twenty-eight massive trucks as part of the car-crushin’ action, including World Finals champion powerhouses Grave Digger®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Metal Mulisha; plus the San Diego debut truck appearances of Team Hot Wheels, Zombie Hunter, Gas Monkey, Hellraiser, Mad Scientist, Wild Flower, Barbarian, Fatal Attraction, Primetime, Rage, and McGruff. Sat. Event details.

North County

SEA Days: Whale Tales
Whales are a diverse group of animals that have fascinated people for thousands of years. At this family-friendly event, meet a Scripps Oceanography scientist and find out about their current whale research. SEA Days is included with aquarium admission. Sat. Event details.

Wellness Week Festival
This event kicks off its annual Wellness Week and features dozens of exhibitors offering. Events include free treatments, product samples, health exams, cooking demos, raffle drawings, and tons of activities for the kiddos. Sat. Event details.

Family Discover Days: Wings Over Wetlands
Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration. Kids can meet live birds in presentations each day, and enjoy bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds. Sun. Event details.

Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run
This annual event includes a 5K race, a non- competitive, one-mile run for all ages, and an after-race party with expo booths, live music, food and more. Sun. Event details

East County

Hike Borrego Palm Canyon
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Anza-Borrego Foundation by participating in this popular hiking trail. You’ll love the oversized palm tree grove, bighorn sheep sightings, a palm oasis and waterfall. Registration required. Sat. and Sun. Event details

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer