photo: Birch Aquarium at Scripps

A sailing adventure, bunny encounters, tidepooling, a meet and greet with Pete the Cat and the opening of Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition are all on tap this weekend! Read on to see where to live it up at the best family events in town.


Farm Animal Fridays
Come learn about and meet a new animal on the last Friday of every month! You’ll get an opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals, hear a special storytime and participate in a themed craft or activity. The animal you’ll learn more about on Fri. Feb. 23rd is a rabbit! Fri. Event details.


Pet Pals: Dog Training 101
A fun opportunity for children to visit San Diego Humane Society and learn about their animal friends. Each month focuses on a different animal or animal-related topic and includes a lesson, activity and animal interaction geared towards the theme of the month. This month’s theme is Dog Training 101. Fri. Event details.

Balboa Park

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Does toast always land butter-side down? What keeps you drier: running in the rain or walking through it? Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish? In this amazing hands-on exhibition, you can put these myths to the test—just as the team from the popular MythBusters TV show has done for years! Use scientific observations and your own curiosity to search for the truth behind some commonly held beliefs. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition includes live demonstrations, visitor participation and spectacular sets and experiences from the TV show. On display in the expanded upstairs galleries, the exhibition will overflow with hands-on props and gadgets from the show. Go try your hand at busting some new myths, as well as some old favorites. Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Read & Romp
The family fundraiser encourages parents to read to their kids and promote a love of reading. The event is best suited for kids ages 8 and under. All proceeds benefit the pediatric literacy program Reach Out and Read San Diego. Pete the Cat and friends will greet guests at the door. Activities include book-themed crafts, story time, music and more. Sat. Event details.


San Diego Chinese New Year Fair
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Chinese New Year Fair. This free, family-friendly two-day event showcases exciting performances, Asian art and culture, an array of delicious Chinese and Asian food and much more. The Fair is the largest event in San Diego County to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. There will be food and commercial booths, continuous live performances on stage, lion and dragon dancers, an Asian Story Theater, cultural displays, and educational crafts at the children’s area. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Adventure Day Sail Aboard San Salvador
Set sail! Maritime Museum of San Diego offers an unforgettable sailing adventure aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542. This 4-hour adventure is perfect for those who love history and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard galleons of the sixteenth century and this experience offers the chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, San Salvador. No sailing experience required. San Salvador has sailed to Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, and San Pedro as part of her multi-year Pacific Heritage Tour. Note: Space is limited. Excursion boards at 11:30 a.m., Sail is from noon – 4 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Beat Quest: A Musical Journey Through Rhythm, Time & Space
Music is a passport that can take your imagination to a certain time and place. From swingin’ jazz, to the “Habanera” from Carmen, to Beethoven’s symphonies, explore how these beats came to be and how distinctive rhythms transport listeners to cities like Vienna, Seville and New Orleans. All aboard! Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Tidepooling Adventure With Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Visit a local tide pool with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. Pre-purchase of tickets required. Depending on the date, tidepooling takes place at Dike Rock or False Point. Note: Tidepooling does not take place at Birch Aquarium. Sun. Event details.

Where are you having fun this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea