February went by in a flash! Now it’s time for March Madness and all the fun that comes along with it. Start off the month  by going to several different holiday festivals around town. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Barnard Elementary School, or head to Barnes & Noble Oceanside fora fun author reading around the holiday. Have some Purim fun at one of the many carnivals taking place around San Diego. There’s even a St. Patrick’s Day art event at Renaissance Village Academy. You can even celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day at Pretend City. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Make a Personalized Door Hanger
Drop in for Michael’s Kids Club to create a cute beaded door hanger that’s perfect for your little one’s bedroom! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Michael’s stores throughout San Diego County, $2, includes supplies. All ages. Event details

Barnard Community Chinese New Year Celebration
This Mandarin Chinese Magnet elementary school hosts their annual community festival featuring lion dances, face painting, performances by Barnard students, a student art auction and more. For a small fee, kids can play small carnival games as well. Sat., 10 a.m., Barnard Elementary School, Free. All ages. Event details.

Purim Carnival
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with games, entertainment, food and more. This year’s carnival features a ferris wheel, swings! jumps, a train, and Vashti’s Salon where kiddos can get their nails done and face painted. Food and drinks are also available for purchase. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, Admission is free/prices vary for tickets and refreshments. All ages. Event details.

North County

World Thinking Day
Join the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, KPBS and the Girl Scouts of San Diego for an exciting event exploring world cultures. Enjoy traditional performances, ethnic food, and interactive activities from around the world. Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, $6/adults, Free/kids. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Art at Renaissance Village Academy
Pick your favorite St. Patrick’s Day scene to decorate your home or to give to a friend. Sat., 3 – 6 p.m., Renaissance Village Academy, Free. All ages. Event details.

Chinese New Year with Tales and Fun with Local Author
Celebrate Chinese New Year with story time and cool activities with local author, Katie Do Guthrie. She will read her new book, Evie and Andrew’s Asian Adventures in Taiwan. Sat., 2 – 3:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Oceanside, Free. All ages. Event details.

Hamantashen Bake and Purim Carnival
Celebrate Purim with California’s largest Hamantashen bakes! There will be free hamantashen cookies, Israeli dancing, crafts, and a fun-filled day of games, signing and lots more. Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Congregation Dor Hadash, Free. All ages. Event details

South Bay

Free Dental Day
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February), The Super Dentists will host a Free Dental Care Day where they will care for and perform free basic dental care to children in need. Kids up to age 12 will receive free dental treatments, such as cleanings, extractions, filings, and more. Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Super Dentists, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day
National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood’s favorite visitors – the Tooth Fairy! Typically the Tooth Fairy hovers silently, fluttering down to collect lost teeth from beneath pillows of sleeping children. But today she is making a special appearance at Pretend City to share her tips on oral health habits through fun activities. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pretend City, Free with admission. Ages 0 – 8. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Congregation Beth Israel Facebook page