What do hobby trains, whales, Indiana Jones, and a carnival have in common? They’re all happening this weekend in Southern California. So whether you want to take the kids outdoors and experience sea life, play with model trains, or make Valentine crafts, there’s something for everyone in SoCal!

San Diego

Little Italy Carnivale
The 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale will feature vignettes of entertainment, music, dancing, Venetian masks (don’t forget your Carnevale mask!), food, and more. Sat., 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Little Italy, Free. All ages. Event details.

Whale Watching
Event celebrates the return of the Pacific gray whales to Point Loma. The weekend will feature guest speakers who will share their expertise on gray whales and other cetaceans and intertidal habitat and ecology, films, and activities for children. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Cabrillo National Monument, Free. All ages. Event details.

Mac’s Kids Corner
Mac’s Kids Corner is for children interested in listening to train stories, playing games, and creating various railroad crafts. Fri., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, $4 – $8. All ages. Event details.

North County

For the Love of Chocolate
Make your Valentine’s Day celebration even sweeter as you enjoy gourmet chocolates, live music, chocolate pairings, a champagne garden and themed activities for the kiddos. Sat., 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Downtown Escondido, Cost varies. All ages. Event details.

Hobby Train Show
Enjoy 100,000 square feet of operating model train layouts, model railroad manufacturers, and train vendors. Free Thomas the Tank Engine riding train for kids. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Del Mar Fairgrounds, $10 – $12. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Fun at Bowers Kidseum
Bowers Kidseum offers multi-faceted art and cultural educational experiences for kids, families, and the community. Kidseum is dedicated to providing children a fun environment where imagination and creativity are not only encouraged, but nurtured. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Bowers Kidseum, $6. All ages. Event details.

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Indiana Jones Adventure
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, presented by the National Geographic Society, immerse you in the science and history of field archaeology. Walk in the footsteps of beloved film hero Indiana Jones as you embark on this interactive museum adventure. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Discovery Science Center, $12.95 – $14.95, All ages. Event details.

Fishing for Kids
Join the folks at Dana Wharf for Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic for 1/2 Day Fishing Trip for kids. One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult! Rental gear is included for the kids too! Sun., 12:45 pm, Dana Wharf, Cost varies. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be fishing, whale watching, playing with trains, or writing Valentine’s?

— Leah R. Singer

Image courtesy of the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour Facebook page.