You might be ready for some football — hello, Super Bowl Sunday! — but that doesn’t mean the kids want to be stuck indoors all weekend. However, we get it. Super Bowl Sunday might mean you’re off the grid, so we’re sharing some of San Diego’s activities for kids that take place on Saturday.
Take the day to get outdoors and expend some energy in anticipation of a laid back Sunday (or maybe not, depending on how much of a football fan you are). Have you taken your kids Tidepooling lately? This is the perfect time of year for tidepooling because the minus tides mean wider beaches, so join up with the experts from Birch Aquarium for a fun and educational experience. We also found other fun activities, like a Chinese New Year celebration, just in case you missed out last weekend, or an afternoon with Cinderella.
Kids of all ages love exploring tidepools. Visit one of our local tidepools where Birch Aquarium trained naturalists will show you how to discover the wonderful world of tidepools. Discover how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive “between a rock and a hard place.” Sat., 12:30 pm. Dike Rock. $10-$12. All ages. Event Details.
Story Time with Cinderella
Your own sweet princess or prince can enjoy a special hour with a real princess. This fun and interactive experience with the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, her stepsisters and a special visit with the Prince himself will delight your kiddo. The afternoon includes storytime, an afternoon treat, a gift, a beautiful photo keepsake and tour of theater. Sat., 12:00 pm. Mater Dei High School, Chula Vista. $20. All ages. Event Details.
San Diego Camellia Society Show
The San Diego Camellia Society comes to Balboa Park once again for a weekend garden show that is sure to make your thumbs green. This week’s show features beautiful and exquisite camellias. Camellias are an ornamental greenhouse shrub with glossy leaves and rose-like flowers. They look gorgeous in painted ceramic pots, and boast a heavenly fragrance. These living works of art should not be missed by anyone! Sun., 10:00am. Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park, San Diego. Free. All Ages. Event Details.
Chinese New Year Celebration
If you missed out on the many Chinese New Year celebrations last weekend, it’s not too late. You can still join a Year of the Dragon party. A performance by the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society will include traditional lion dancers and a martial arts demonstration. Sat., 11:00 am. Kearny Mesa Branch Library. Free. All ages. Event Details.
Home Depot Kids’ Workshop
Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with Kids’ Workshops! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, your creative kiddo can make a keepsake box to hold private treasures or to give as a gift. These workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Also, we love the free workshop apron your little handyperson will take home. Sat., 9:00 am. Home Depot, Encinitas. Free. 5-12. Event Details.
Family Day at the Lux Art Institute
It’s never to early to introduce art to your kids, it’s always nice to explore the art establishments in your own neighborhood and it’s really great to do it free of charge. Family Day includes guided tours, an art project in the Lux classroom, refreshments and live music by Meg & Bryan. Sat., 11:00 am. Lux Art Institute, Encinitas. Free. All ages. Event Details.
— Laura Willard