photo: Birch Aquarium

Ready to have a whale of a time diving into family activities this weekend? From Whale Fest and Mermaid Dash to Circus Vargas and Jurassic Park live in concert, read on to see where to make waves!

La Jolla

Whale Fest at Birch Aquarium
Join Birch Aquarium for Whale Fest, a week-long celebration of whales! Winter is the peak time to see migrating Gray Whales in Southern California, so come celebrate these marvelous marine mammals and their fin-tastic cousins with a festival of whales! Every day of Whale Fest kids can become a whale expert, discover local whale species, learn how to spot migrating whales, get hands-on with whale biofacts and learn about whale watching. On weekends kids can also meet Scripps Oceanography scientists who study whales and create cute whale crafts. Whale Fest runs Feb. 2-10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All activities are included with admission. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego

San Diego Museum Month/Half-Off Museum Entry
San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at any of the libraries listed here to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums. The Museum Month pass is free and can be used an unlimited number of times throughout the month of February. Whether you’re an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. Take advantage of this annual program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of! Notes: Up to four guests (any age) can receive 50% off the cost regular admission when the pass is presented. Some museums may have other fees for special exhibits or programs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mission Valley

Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas presents “The Greatest of Ease,” circus as it should be seen… under the Big Top! Join in celebrating, Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza, an homage to the golden era of circus in America! Always fun for the entire family, Circus Vargas’ incredible new 2019 production highlights an amazing cast of world- renowned performers! Death- Defying Acrobats, Daredevils, Aerialists, Jugglers, Contortionists, Clowns, Motorcycles and much more! A magnificent, mega-hit production guaranteed to thrill and enchant kids of all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mira Mesa

Tet Festival
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the San Diego Tet Festival. The 3-day celebration features kid’s games and activities, food and live entertainment, including A-list singers and performers, lion dancing, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant, Golden Voice singing competition, Step-Up dance competition, an all-pet costume contest and the Cultural Village. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mission Bay

​Mermaid San Diego Run & Mermaid Dash
Mermaid returns to San Diego’s Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The flat and fast course features beautiful Bay views on mostly closed roads. The Mermaid is ideal for both runners and walkers. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line! The Mermaid Dash is a great way to introduce girls to running and walking. The fun run/walk allows girls to participate and experience the joy of crossing the finish line in a safe and supportive environment. Mermaid Dashers receive a medal, finisher necklace and post race food. Parents are encouraged to let Mermaid Dashers run on their own, however a parent or guardian is welcome to run alongside young or shy Mermaid Dashers. Sat. Event details.


Jurassic Park in Concert
One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before. Now audiences can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with the San Diego Symphony performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park! Sat. Event details.

Clairemont Mesa

Make Sweets for Your Sweetheart
San Diego’s colorful chocolate shop Sweet Petite Confections is celebrating the day of love and friendship with a “Make Sweets for Your Sweetheart!” themed chocolate making class. Secure your spot at this reservations-only class to learn the art of making fantastically flavored chocolates and bark over the course of two hours while creating nearly 1.5 pounds of confections. During this class, students will play with flavors like salted caramel and peanut butter cup as well as passion fruit caramel and spicy serrano ganache made by chocolatier Michelle Lomelin. Students will also select from more than two dozen ingredients as they personalize a chocolate bark with options including freeze dried raspberries and strawberries alongside savory pretzels, potato chips, nuts, candied bacon and more! Adult individuals and parent-child teams (5- 12 years old with one adult) are welcome to attend! Suggested arrival is 15 minutes prior. Sat. Event details.


Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run
Enjoy San Diego’s most scenic run in beautiful Coronado. Start at Tidelands Park and run under the Coronado Bay Bridge and along Glorietta Boulevard. The Valentine’s Day Run on Coronado has a 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run. The post race party will be held at McP’s Irish Pub and Grill located at 1107 Orange Ave. in Coronado. After the race, stop by to enjoy breakfast and cold beer! Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea