Happy President’s Day Weekend! Whether you decide to do something presidential this weekend or not, there’s plenty taking place in Southern California to keep the kiddos entertained! Celebrate Tet Festival, the Vietnamese New Year, in Mira Mesa, feast on tasty eats at the Gourmet Food Truck, take the furry kids to a concert for the dogs in Balboa Park, or even make your own bird feeder for the yard. Happy long weekend!

San Diego

Tet Festival
Celebrate Tet Festival — the Vietnamese New Year celebration — with fun for whole the family including carnival rides, games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. The entertainment programs include Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Mira Mesa Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Gourmet Food Truck
Enjoy some of the city’s top Gourmet Food Trucks, including Food Network stars from the “Great Food Truck Race”: Under the Crust (Season 3) and Devilicious (Season 2). Bring the kiddos for a KidZone, arts and craft vendors and music. Sat., 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, Maranathal Chapel, $5 (kids under 6 are free). All ages. Event details.

Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Kids can get up close and personal with the creatures that roamed the world millions of years ago. Erth’s menagerie of ancient beasts is brought to life via various forms of human powered puppetry from the heart-meltingly cute baby Dryosaurs to the toothy T-Rex to the awe-inspiring Giant Allosaur. Sat., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Balboa Theatre, $18. Ages 4+. Event details.

Bark in Balboa Park
Enjoy a festive organ concert especially for pets and their music loving families. Donations will be accepted for the San Diego Humane Society, and the public is encouraged to bring their music-loving pets on leash. Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Hullabaloo’s Birthday Celebration
This favorite local band for families will be celebrating their 9th birthday! They want to celebrate with a concert for all of their fans! They will play three sets of music, and there will be dancing with Dance to Evolve. Healthy snacks will be provided by Clif Kids, and free posters will be given away too! Sat., 6:00 pm, Encinitas Elk’s Lodge, $5 (kids 1 and under are free). All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Kids Night Out
Kids need a night out too! Little ones will enjoy open play in our supervised state-of-the-art indoor playspace, games and activities that promote team building, arts and crafts, and a pizza dinner followed by an age appropriate movie! Kids must be potty trained. Limited spaces available, secure your spot today! Fri., 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Kidville, $30 – $35. Ages 3 – 9. Event details.

East County

Make Your Own Bird Feeder
Kids will learn about birds, and see some too. They will also make bird feeders to take home to feed the birds in their neighborhoods! Sun., 1:00 pm, El Monte Regional Park, Area 2, Free. Ages 6 and under. Event details.

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What are you doing this weekend? Celebrating with Hullabaloo, enjoying the outdoors, or getting crafty inside? 

— Leah R. Singer

Image courtesy of Erth Visual & Physical Inc.’s Facebook page.