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Who’s ready to celebrate President’s Day and a three-day weekend? From Monster Trucks and LEGO Batman to a festive America, America! family concert and a 5K stroll through the botanical gardens with your pup, we’ve got all this and more to keep your whole family entertained and celebrating this holiday weekend!

Balboa Park

Radical Reptiles at theNAT
Head to San Diego Natural History Museum for an exciting and educational Family Days event that’s all about reptiles. Reptile themed crafts and activities are geared toward learning about and celebrating these fascinating creatures — and you’ll get to meet special guests from the museum’s Herpetology Department. Mon. Event details.

North County

LEGO Batman Movie Days
Everything is awesome with Batman and his friends! Meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader watching the LEGO Batman movie. You’ll also enjoy photo ops, a scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman-inspired building activities. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

5K Paw Walk in the San Diego Botanic Garden
Take a beautiful, scenic stroll through a 37-acre garden with your best canine companion in tow in the “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” which benefits the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and San Diego Botanic Garden. Enjoy food (for people and dogs), pet products and the unbeatable company of pooches and puppies. After the event, participants can enjoy full access to San Diego Botanic Garden until 2 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Sea Days: Ocean Love at Birch Aquarium
Learn about the “love” among sea life from experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who will discuss what’s happening in the ocean this time of year as whales are calving, birds are nesting and fish are spawning. Sat. Event details.

Get Artistic, Creative and Messy at the Mess-tival in the Park
Poway Community Park’s In the Park Series presents: Mess-tival! Kids will enjoy the art of getting messy with a variety of unique crafts, games and activities like squirt-bottle watercolor painting, splattering colorful sidewalk chalk bombs, and using their nose to find a gumball hidden in whipped cream. Mess-tival will be super messy, so kids should wear worry-free clothing they can get dirty. Mon. Event details.


Monster Jam
Fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction with twenty-eight massive trucks as part of the car-crushin’ action, including Grave Digger®, El Toro Loco®, Metal Mulisha, Scooby-Doo, New Earth Authority (N.E.A.)™, Dragon, VP Racing Fuel®’s Mad Scientist, Storm Damage, Hurricane Force and Big Kahuna. Pit Party open from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.

San Diego Symphony’s America, America! Family Concert
Celebrate the evolution of American music from its earliest roots in folk tunes to jazz to the modern symphony orchestra at San Diego Symphony’s family concert America, America! Arrive early at 1 p.m. for fun pre-concert activities including an Instrument Discovery Zone provided by Bertrand’s Music. Also, the Girl Scout String Quartet will be performing, and you’ll be able to meet a San Diego Symphony musician as well! Sun. Event details.

Special Needs Play Day at The New Children’s Museum
The New Children’s Museum will give families who have children with special needs exclusive access from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to enjoy and explore the museum in safety and comfort.
Mon. Event details.

What are your fun weekend plans? Tell us in the comments!

–– Beth Shea