It’s Oscar weekend! Wait, what? You’re not attending a fabulous adults-only cocktail and viewing party on the roof of some fancy San Diego hotel? Us, either. Sunday night is all about TiVo and sweatpants and maybe a little Twitter talk about what everyone’s wearing.

But if you do want a few hours to yourselves, Saturday is the time because it’s Parents’ Night Out for East Bay families. Kids can enjoy four hours of gymnastics and games and you can enjoy four hours of… anything. This weekend, you can also hit the town (during the day) for some family fun. For North Country San Diego residents, there’s a super cool kids’ cooking class at Sur La Table in the Forum Shops. Whip up an Italian meal with your tiny chefs. Or hit the Science Center at Balboa Park and explore science. We’ve rounded up even more fun events, so keep reading!

North Country

Family Fun in the Kitchen
Do you have a budding chef on your hands? Stop by Sur La Table at the Forum Shops and spend the day as a family, cooking and creating memories. Make bread sticks, fresh herb meatballs, spaghetti and finish with cheesecake. Sur La Table Sun., 11:00 am. Sur La Table. $55. All ages. Event Details.

Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show
Do you have a dog lover in your family? Take the kids to a dog show, which just so happens to be one of the largest in the country. Our four-legged friends can do amazing things and you can watch all sorts of breeds, from teeny tiny to super big, perform. Don’t miss the agility competition, which is sure to delight your kids. Sun., 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Del Mar Fairground. Free. All ages. Event Details.

San Diego

Dr. Seuss Birthday Craft
He brought us Horton Hears a Who!, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and so much more. Celebrate the birthday (a little early) of the man who changed children’s literature. Create a super silly stick puppet craft in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Lakeshore. Sat., 11:00 am. Lakeshore Learning. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Family Science Saturday
Little scientists and curious minds can enjoy some hands-on time in the Tinkering Studio. From the design and construction of simple mechanical toys like tops, catapults and musical instruments to the creation of marble “roller coasters” with tubes and ramps, there’s a fun science activity for everyone. Sat., 1:00 pm. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Included with admission. Preschool and up. Event Details.

Heritage Parade and Festival
Enjoy a cultural celebration with a parade of marching bands, clubs and organizations, dance teams and more. There will also be a multicultural fair, along with live bands, delicious international food (yum!) and free activities for kids. You’re encouraged to dress up in regalia that represents your culture, so take this opportunity to expose your kids to their heritage — and that of others! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Abraham Lincoln High School. Free. All ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Parents’ Night Out
Need a break?! Drop your kids off at Elite Gymnastics for four hours of fun, Mardi Gras style. Kids will participate in gymnastics and games and enjoy food and fun, all with a Mardi Gras theme. You can catch a movie, enjoy a quiet dinner or just sit at home and stare at the wall. We won’t judge — we know how exhausted parents can feel at the end of the week! Sat., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Elite Gymnastics Academy. $15. 4 and over. Event Details.


Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target
Every mom’s favorite retail store, Target, is hosting a live reading of The Lorax. In addition to the reading, there will be fun activities and more. This event is taking place at all Target stores nationwide, so hit your favorite neighborhood San Diego Target location. Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Target (all locations). Free. All ages. Event Details.

— Laura Willard