Are you hoping to relax and get some much-needed recovery and downtime from all the Christmas cheer? We thought so! But if you want to spend some family time out of the house, check out one of the events happening around Southern California this weekend. Experience winter by ice staking at Rancho Santa Fe. Or head to The New Children’s Museum for the Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out. Happy New Year!

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San Diego

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out
Ring in 2014 with The New Children’s Museum! Jam out in your jammies while enjoying a delicious dinner from local restaurants, New Year’s themed art-making activities, a balloon drop, and live music and dancing with Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew! Adults can enjoy a hosted bar and bid on prizes in the silent auction. Sat., 5 – 8 pm, The New Children’s Museum, $20 – $35/person. All ages. Event details.

Free Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore Learning hosts a free craft activity each Saturday, where your kids can get creative. Today’s craft features a New Year’s party hat. Kids can ring in the New Year with pizzazz wearing a glittery handmade hat! Sat., 11 am, Lakeshore Learning, Free. Ages. 3 and up. Event details.

Big Bay Balloon Parade
This exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons-more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience. Fri., 3 – 4:30 p.m., County Administration Building, $20/grandstand seating. All ages. Event details.

Wacky Science Sunday
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus Wahoo! for Wacky Science Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., San Diego Natural History Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details

North County

Rancho Santa Fe’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe presents for the first time ever, an outdoor synthetic ice skating rink in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy skating in the ranch under the allure of festive twinkle lights and the stately 25-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn of The Inn. The cost includes skate rentals. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, $18/person. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Festival of Kwanzaa
Kids will celebrate a Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”! These daily activities are a perfect way to begin teaching your children about the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pretend City, $12.50/admission. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of The New Children’s Museum.