photo: Oasis Camel Dairy

What do camels, a chocolate making class, a mother/daughter jewelry workshop and the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo have in common? You can find them all packed into the fun this weekend has to offer. Read on for where to make the most of Fri.-Sun. with the fam!

Mission Valley

Lunar New Year Festival
This pan-Asian New Year Festival will be filled with games, 16 carnival rides, shows, contests and more! Lion dance troupes are on-site throughout the day, every day. Free entry for everyone born in the year of the Dog (must show ID). 30,000 zodiac charms giveaway while supplies last. Fri.- Sun. Event details.


Toddler Time: Make Friends
Toddler Time: Make Friends gives your littles the opportunity to play and interact with others as they enjoy music, singing and dancing. This unique experience teaches children the value of community, friendship and social play while also supporting self-expression in a musical environment. Head to The New Children’s Museum to sing along to favorite songs! Fri. Event details.

Del Mar

Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo
Sample and purchase hundreds of gluten-free and allergen-free products and meet with local and national vendors, receive special coupons and listen to top-notch speakers give informative presentations. Local companies attending the expo include 2Good2b Bakery, Rickaroons, NATTi bar and more. Note: The use of strollers, carts or wagons is prohibited except as needed for transporting children or medical equipment. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Oasis Camel Dairy Open Farm Tour
Stop by Oasis Camel Dairy for the Open Farm Tour where you’ll enjoy meeting our herd of camels along with other exotic and domestic livestock, enjoy an animal show and shop the camel dairy milk product shop. Check out the animal show featuring the entertaining Camel Dairy residents, then walk to the pasture where there is time for lots of camel petting and pictures. You will also enjoy the taste of Julian apples and can check out the apple feed with the camels. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Chula Vista

Yoga on the Marsh
While you do Yoga, the kids get a unique wildlife experience! Come release tension, stretch and strengthen your core muscles while enjoying the beautiful views of San Diego Bay. While you’re doing yoga, the kids will have a close up encounter with one of The Living Coast Discovery Center’s animal ambassadors. After yoga, you and your little one can witness a shark & ray feeding, spend time on the trails, interact with sea turtles and more! Sat. Event details.

Pacific Beach

Barnard Elementary Chinese New Year
Enjoy live performances, competitions, food and more! Excellent youth friendly environment. Purchase wristbands: $10 first kid, $5 each additional for unlimited carnival games and activities. All proceeds go to Barnard PTA and the students at Barnard. Sat. Event details.


Make Sweets for Your Sweetheart Chocolate Making Class
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 create a tray of filled chocolates with guest-favorite flavors like salted caramel and peanut butter cup as well as cabernet 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! Parent-child teams are welcome to attend! Sat. Event details.


Movies by the Pier Presents Beauty and the Beast
Parks and Recreation presents “Beauty & The Beast” at the Pier Amphitheater located south of the Beach Recreation Center and Oceanside Pier. Movie starts at dark (around 5:30pm) so come early to set up your own “Movie Theater.” Bring your blankets and picnic dinners and spend your evening with family and friends under the night sky. Sat. Event details.

Carmel Valley

Mother Daughter Jewelry Making Workshop
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some special mother + daughter time! Make matching personalized bracelets and learn the basics of metal stamping and wire wrapping with local jewelry designer. You’ll get to personally hand stamp your initial onto a heart charm and learn how to assemble a bracelet from scratch. You’ll each get to take home a handmade bracelet that’s made with lots of love! Note: all materials are included. Sun. Event details.

Where are you having fun this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea