The Hello Kitty Truck rolls into town this weekend! There’s also a Family Fun Fest to celebrate 2018, a Magic Tree House pirate production and Jack Hanna is in town doing a live stage show with a wild array of animals! Read on to see where to have some fun!

Downtown

A Culture Shock Nutcracker
Culture Shock San Diego is back with their wildly inventive, extremely modern rendition of the treasured family classic. Complete with Tchaikovsky’s original score and fused with contemporary music and pop culture references, A Culture Shock Nutcracker is the ultimate mash-up of dance genres and theatrical and musical styles blended with a timeless holiday tradition. Starting with an homage to the beloved musical theatre hit Beauty and the Beast, the show takes audiences on a creative ride featuring Tap, Hip Hop, Krump, Contemporary and Popping while referencing everything from Star Wars to Bowie’s Labyrinth. A cast of over 100 will bring the show to life for 5 performances only. This show will have you grooving in your seat and is appropriate for all ages. Fri.- Sun. Event details.

Mission Valley

Hello Kitty Truck Comes to Fashion Valley Mall
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to Fashion Valley! Visit the truck near the AMC Theater and pick up some super cute treats while supplies last. Sat. Event details.

Irvine

Letter Writing Week at Pretend City
Celebrate Letter Writing Week with Pretend City! They’re teaching critical literacy lessons in writing thank you cards, letters, invitations and post cards. Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon
Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS is an adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. This production brings literature to life on stage as Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an exotic island with pirates, where the two discover the power of friendship and the simple pleasures in everyday life. The two siblings return to visit the magic tree house on a dreary, rainy day. They find a book where the sun is shining and the waves are crashing, so they wish to travel to this tropical place. They realize that they are in the eighteenth-century Caribbean, the time of pirates! The siblings meet Captain Bones, a mean old pirate who captures the two and forces them to help him find buried treasure. It’s up to Jack and Annie to find their way back to the tree house and make their way home. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Alpine

New Parents Party at Children’s Nature Retreat
Celebrate your new baby animal adoption at Children’s Nature Retreat. Visit your adopted animal, take a family picture, feed your little one, enjoy time together! This will be a fabulous out of the ordinary family day for you to cherish for the year to come. Sat. Event details.

Rolando

Family Fun Fest
The Salvation Army Kroc Center will host a free Family Fun Fest to kick off the new year! The event will feature a meet & greet with the San Diego Sockers, sports challenges, arts & crafts, inflatable park, costume dress up, giveaways and more! Sat. Event details.

San Diego

Guided Nature Walk on a Scenic Trail
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Walks are free, open to the public with no reservations required, and will accommodate the physical or special needs of the group. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring along water. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Walk canceled if raining. Sun. Event details.

Escondido

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live
Through the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jungle Jack Hanna has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. Now he’s bringing his stage show, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!, to San Diego. Fans of all ages will enjoy stories (from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats) and footage from his worldwide adventures. Of course, a visit from Jungle Jack would not be complete without an array of animals such as cheetahs, kangaroos, penguins and many more. Fans of all ages will get to learn more about these fascinating animals in an unforgettable “wild” experience your family will not want to miss. Sat. Event details.

Where are you spending the first weekend of 2018? Let us know in the comments.

––Beth Shea

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