It’s the first weekend of August. Do you know where your kids are? Hopefully at one of the many San Diego and Orange County events. With only a month left before Labor Day Weekend, be sure to get out and enjoy the best of outdoor events. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is featuring Fisher-Price Playdates. Enjoy an outdoor movie at Santee Lakes. Take the family to Vista for the annual Rod Run car show. Or head up to Orange County for several family favorites.

San Diego

Women’s Multicultural Marketplace
The 2nd Annual Women’s Multicultural Marketplace includes an inspirational opening ceremony, special guest speakers, gourmet food trucks, entertainment, fun activities for the kids, community resources, and a “Business Passport” prize giveaways throughout the day to introduce you to a wide variety of products, goods, and services from women-owned businesses. Sat., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Market Creek Plaza, Free. All ages. More info. 

Home Depot Kids
Bring the family to any Home Depot for a workshop especially for kids. Young construction workers will make anything from toolboxes to fire trucks to a window birdhouse and bughouse. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. In addition to the newly constructed project, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Home Depot Locations, Free. Ages 5 – 12. More info.

East County

Movies By the Lake
Picnic under the stars and enjoy the “Muppets” movie on a gigantic outdoor screen! Snack shack available for your munching pleasure. Lots of games and contests for kids. Movie starts at 8:00 pm. Fri., 6:00 pm, Santee Lakes, $8 parking. All ages. More info.

North County

Fisher-Price Playdates
Kids will have a great time at the super-sized play area with new Fisher-Price toys. Special appearance by Dora the Explorer! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Free with admission. Age 5 and under. More info.

Vista Rod Run
Bring the family to the Vista Rod Run that features more than 300 classic cars, hot rods, and specialty vehicles throughout Historic Downtown Vista. The event also includes plenty of fun for the kiddos: a street fair, carnival, and live entertainment. Sun., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Downtown Vista, Free. All ages. More info.

Orange County

Pacific Islands Festival
Bring the family to the Bowers Museum for the Pacific Islands Festival. The day includes fun and entertainment featuring Pacific Island music, dance, arts, and food. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Bowers Museum, Free. All ages. More info.

The Hollow Trees
Grab your partner for a bluegrass spin around the dance floor. Kids will spend Sunday stomping and singing to The Hollow Trees. Sun., 11:00 am, Theatricum Botanicum, $9. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer

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