If your New Year’s resolution was to get out and experience more of Southern California with the kiddos, then start this weekend with events in Balboa Park, a nature walk or at a new year’s celebration at the New Children’s Museum. Take a drive up to Orange County to experience Winter Wonderfest at the Discovery Cube OC. Or kids can get crafty at Lakeshore. Happy first weekend of 2016!


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San Diego

Pajama Jam
Celebrate the New Year at an after-hours party at The New Children’s Museum! Jump into your jammies and join us for delicious dinner, New Year’s themed art activities, games, music, entertainment and our famous countdown balloon drop! Adults will enjoy one drink token with ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes in an opportunity drawing. Sat., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., New Children’s Museum, $15-$35/person. All ages. Event details.

Free Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore Learning hosts a free craft activity each Saturday, where your kids can get creative. Every week features a new craft. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lakeshore Learning, Free. 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.

Imaginate Exhibition
Observe the way your heartbeat affects the behavior of a sculpture, and bring your own invention to life in a combination tinkerer’s workshop/artist’s studio. Immerse yourself in the methods of innovative thinking through hands-on, interactive exhibits that use unique materials, sounds and light. Imaginate will captivate both kids and adults and inspire creative thinking and actions. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, $14.95-$17.95/person. 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, Included with admission. Ages 6-12. Event details.

South Bay

Skating by the Sea
It’s the last weekend of Skating by the Sea! The ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Beach. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., $25/person. All ages. Event details

Orange County

Celebrate the Festival of Sleep
The Festival of Sleep Day was created for people that would like to get some “shut eye” and relaxation after the holidays. Sleep is also very important for you and your child’s health and well-being. So join us for some healthy sleepy time activities. Best of all, there’s no need to dress-up because on this special day guests are invited to wear their favorite PJ’s and slippers. Sun., 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Pretend City, $12.50/person. All ages. Event details.

Winter Wonderfest
Learn about the science behind sledding down ice ramps and how snowflakes are formed, then put your knowledge to action with real sledding, tubing, and snow play. Attractions and exhibits include sliding down a 70 foot long ramp on inner tubes, snowflake making, snowmen building, snow sledding, gingerbread derby racing and much more! Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Discovery Cube OC, $20 ($15 admission + $5 Wonderfest fee). All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer