With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no shortage of ways to show your love this weekend. Head to Michael’s to make Valentine’s Day cards, or make some tasty chocolate at Sweet Petite Confections. If hearts and flowers aren’t your thing, watch the best monster trucks battle it out at Monster Jam. Take a nature walk at Mission Trails or enjoy a Mozart concert or have a Wacky Science Sunday. Have a great weekend!


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San Diego

Pajama Jam
Bring your kids fed and in their pajamas and come sing, dance, and play together. Get a little pre bed time family music making time and still have them in bed by 7:30pm! Fri., 6 p.m., The Alley Room, $15/kiddo; $5/additional siblings. Ages 0-12.  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 World Finals champion powerhouses Grave Digger®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Metal Mulisha; plus the San Diego debut truck appearances of Team Hot Wheels, Zombie Hunter, Gas Monkey, Hellraiser, Mad Scientist, Wild Flower, Barbarian, Fatal Attraction, Primetime, Rage, and McGruff. Sat., 2 – 10 p.m., PETCO Park, $15-$45/person. All ages. Event details.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Make Sweets For Your Sweetheart Chocolate-Making Class
Join chocolatier Michelle Lomelin for a fun class that’s all about chocolate making. This workshop is a great activity for families who will make chocolate bark and molded chocolates and decorate their creations using Valentine decor. Participants also have fun packaging the results into a gift basket ready for gift giving. Sat., 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Sweet Petite Confections, $35/person. All ages. Event details.

Valentine Craft at Michael’s Stores
Take the kids to Michael’s for a fun few hours of arts and crafts with the Kids Club. Little ones will make an adorable cupid’s arrow Valentine card. The price includes all materials. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Michael’s Stores, $2 (includes materials). All ages. Event details.

Wacky Science Sunday
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus Wahoo! for Wacky Science Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 and 2:15 p.m., San Diego Natural History Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Family Drop-in Days at the Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Join the art-making activities in The Studio, engage in family-friendly, docent-led tours, play with games and touchable objects, and Search-and-Find activities. Sun., 1-3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free with admission. Ages 6-12. Event details.

South Bay

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Concert
The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will play works by Tchaikovsky on this exciting concert! Sat., 6-8 p.m., Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer