There’s nothing like being a kid in the summertime. Sunny days, ice cream, and endless fun activities to experience. Luckily for your little San Diegans, summertime just got a lot more awesome. We’ve dug up a ton of kid-friendly fun for the weekend that includes a Friday Night Bike Race, an outdoor funky jazz concert, a day of family gardening and a Sound of Music sing-along. Ah, to be a kid again!

San Diego

Block Busters
Let your kiddos use their imagination and their hands in this fun-filled building experience. Your little ones will use up to 15,000 wooden KEVA (Knowledge – Exploration – Visual Arts) planks to build structures from skyscrapers to suspension bridges. Once your tower has been built and admired, you’ll quickly find that half the fun is in knocking it down! Fri., 10:00 am. Ages 2 and up. Event details.

Friday Night Bike Racing
Just because the Tour de France is over doesn’t mean you have to wait a whole year for some exciting cycling action. The San Diego Velodrome hosts cyclists of all skill levels as they compete in fast-paced track racing. So bring out your cowbells and cheer for the riders as they pedal towards victory. Fri., 6:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Carlsbad

Jazz in the Parks
TGIF!!  Head on over Calavera Community Park to get your little ones grooving to some funky jazz. This week’s free concert features Big Sam’s Funky Nation. This family-friendly evening is a great time to pack a picnic and enjoy some head-boppin’ music under the setting sun. Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Carlos

Tracking Trek
Learn the art of discovering signs left behind by forest critters during two fun-filled hours of “dirt time.” Learn to identify tracks, examine bedlays, and more on this wilderness exploration. Be sure to wear long pants as you will be kneeling down to observe the signs left behind by various animals. Your little ones will love this hands-on experience! Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Sat., 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Encinitas

Family Gardening
This family-friendly workshop focuses “on teaching children about gardening, composting, food webs, nutrition, and nutrient cycling.”  Not only is it a great opportunity to get your  kids excited about gardening, but it also teaches them the importance of sustainability and eco-farming. Activities will include starting seeds, a garden scavenger hunt, worm bin management, and more! Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. $15. Ages 7-11. Event details.

Escondido

The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long
Sing to your heart’s content with the Patio Playhouse actors as they lead families in a sing-a-long of the most memorable songs from the famed movie. Released in 1965, the film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This is one performance of The Sound of Music that everyone will love. Be sure to call 760-746-6669 for your reservations. Sun., 8:00 pm. $3-$10. All ages. Event details.

Oceanside

Family Art Day: Hidden Treasures
There’s treasure everywhere! Learn how to make your own works of art using ordinary, everyday item such as wood, plastic, metal. Your little ones will learn how to transform these ordinary objects into works of art by gluing and attaching them together to change their meaning and significance. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

– Erin Lem