It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and we’ve got plenty of family activities you’ll adore! From having breakfast with tigers and having a ton of fun at Whale Fest to beholding beautiful ballet performances and strolling in San Diego Botanic Garden’s Paw Walk, read on for where to have a lovely time with your kids.

photo: Meg and Jeremy Fincher via flickr

Del Mar

Kids Night Out
Kids 4-8 years-old can go join the fun at If I Was a Bird Yoga on Fridays for Kids Night Out while parents do some shopping, take yoga or go out for a date! Yoga, art, pizza & movie are all included. Fri. Event details.


Dances of Love & Laughter
San Diego Ballet will inspire romance at the Lyceum Theatre in their performance Dances of Love and Laughter Valentine’s Day weekend. On the bill is the company and San Diego premiere of “Voices of Spring,” choreography by Royal Ballet’s Frederick Ashton, as well as an assortment of SD Ballet’s favorite romantic and charming pieces with music by Nat King Cole, Roberta Flack, Rachmaninoff and more. The performance will also include Artistic Director Javier Velasco’s take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 8 p.m., and the Sunday show at 2:30 p.m. Senior, military, and student discounts available. Audience members are also invited to join for a ticketed champagne reception after the Friday night show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

We Heart Art Pop-Up
Join Mingei at The New Childrens Museum to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the We Heart Art pop-up by creating a Latin American folk art-inspired heart shaped tin milagro pin. Traditionally milagros (meaning miracle in Spanish) are used as folk charms or decorative items. Create a pin for yourself or gift it to someone you love. Fri. Event details.

Monster Jam
Monster Jam is the big leagues of motorsports competition, where 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes who drive them tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats. Engineered to perfection, the legendary Grave Digger®, Max-D™, El Toro Loco® and many more push all limits in Freestyle, Skills Challenge™ and Racing competitions. It’s full-throttle family fun. Pick up your free Pit Party pass at participating San Diego County Ford Dealers. Sat. Event details.

La Jolla

Whale Fest
It’s a Cetacean Celebration! Join Birch Aquarium for Whale Fest, a week-long celebration of whales. Whale Fest is replacing Cephalopod Celebration. Winter is the peak time to see migrating Gray Whales in Southern California and we are celebrating these marvelous marine mammals and their fin-tastic cousins with a festival of whales! Become a whale expert, discover local whale species, enjoy a whale scavenger hunt with prize, learn how to spot migrating whales, get hands-on with whale biofacts, learn about whale watching with Birch Aquarium and Flagship Cruises & Events. On weekends enjoy all of the above, plus meet whale experts, and create art and other cute whale crafts to take home at the whale coloring station. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Public Girl Scout Sleepover
Come join the fun and spend the night in one of San Diego’s favorite museums! All Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors and mothers are welcome. Your night of fun includes: Fleet Science Center admission and exploration of hands-on, do touch interactive exhibit galleries that provide a unique, self-guided learning experience for all ages. An IMAX® show in the world’s first Giant Dome Theater. Come nose-to-nose with wild animals, plunge deep into the ocean to swim with sea creatures or blast into space to discover new galaxies! Two fun, hands-on educational workshops, a scavenger hunt in the science center, music and dancing, and a light continental breakfast. For questions, call our Special Events Department at 619-238-1233 x761. Sat. Event details.

San Pasqual Valley

Breakfast with Tigers
Before the Safari Park opens, enjoy a bountiful buffet breakfast while watching the beautiful tigers, and see how the big cats start their day. A buffet featuring a traditional American hot breakfast awaits you in Tiger Trail’s Sambutan Longhouse, a comfortable and shaded venue with amazing views of the tiger enclosures. Enjoy exclusive viewing of Tiger Trail, a keeper talk and tiger enrichment. Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and parking. Nonmembers add Safari Park admission. For reservations, call 619-718-3000 or book online. Menu items may be subject to change. Sat. Event details.


Paw Walk in the Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden is partnering with Rancho Coastal Humane Society for their 8th Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Both organizations benefit from this great event. Dogs and their human friends follow a scenic route through the 37-acre garden. There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies. It’s the one day of the year your furry friends are allowed in the Garden. Sat. Event details.

Lighthouse District

Climate Clash
Inspired by the immersive works of Jessica Ling Findley, from December 2019 to February 2020, Seaport Village and the Port of San Diego encourage visitors to combat climate change by viewing cultivated works of art with a purposeful mission, to employ ocean optimism. Ocean optimism allows our community to create a more sustainable future for all endangered species while combating climate change. Taking place from 2:30-4:40 p.m. on Feb. 16, Climate Clash is the go to professional wrestling event for all who wish to employ a different perspective on the issue of climate change. Free to all of the public to attend, endangered species wrestle against those who oppose their strength in an effort to give voice to all endangered species. All matches will take place in the Lighthouse District, where seating for large audiences will be provided. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea