photo: Poway Community Park

Sledding in San Diego? You bet! Slide on down to this weekend’s Winter Festival in Poway! Also on tap: science club, a star party, a garden class, a theatrical performance you won’t want to miss, and the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is on the scene in Carlsbad! Read on for where to have fun!


Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Stops in Carlsbad
Calling all Hello Kitty fans! The signature Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will make its first-ever stop in the area at The Shoppes at Carlsbad. Hello Kitty lovers of all ages can look forward to a batch of exclusive goodies and limited-edition collectibles, including: a giant Hello Kitty chef cookie, a 3-piece cookie set, a lunchbox with confetti popcorn, a sprinkle T-shirt and a Petit Fours box set. Other popular items include a bow shaped water bottle, 5-piece macaron box set, bow headband and Hello Kitty Cafe T-shirts in youth and adult sizes. Find the Truck in the parking lot area near Regal Cinemas and Luna Grill! Sat. Event details.


Winter Festival
Poway Community Park’s Winter Festival brings to life all of the magic and charm of winter like never before! Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down our snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, there is bound to be something for everyone! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Winter Festival: Special Needs Community
The Special Needs Community is invited for an extra-special edition of Winter Festival on Sat., Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Poway Community Park. Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, trying your luck at wintry carnival games, or gliding across the synthetic skate rink, come enjoy this can’t miss event of the season! Please check in to receive your free event wristband. No advance registration required. Sat. Event details.

Mission Valley

The Occidental College Glee Club Choir Performance
The Occidental College Glee Club from Los Angeles, CA is on their performance tour to Southern California in January. They are performing a free concert at First United Methodist Church. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see this prestigious college choir perform!  The Glee Club’s reputation for excellence has carried the banners of Occidental College far into the musical world, through national and international tours and recordings. The Occidental Glee Club is dedicated to superb music making and to fostering ties that unite generations of singers. Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Peter and the Starcatcher
San Diego Junior Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher–– a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. Based on the best-selling novels, this magical and musical adaptation upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Saturday Science Club for Girls
Girls in 5th to 8th grade can join The Fleet Science Center on the second weekend of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Sessions will be filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local scientists. Throughout the year, kids can explore an array of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more! Register here. Sat. Event details.

Mission Trails Regional Park

Star Party
It’s a Star Party that’s out of this world! Join Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide and amateur astronomer, George Varga and his telescope at the far end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s Day Use Lot. No white light flashlights near the telescope, please. Cloudy skies and/or rain cancels event. The Moon will not rise until after the star party. Up for viewing are the Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and companion Galaxy (M32) high overhead, as well as the Orion Nebula (M42) in the Southeastern sky. Three Open Clusters in Auriga, M36, M37, M38, will be also visible! Sat. Event details.


Kids’ in the Garden Class at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
See what’s springing up at a Kids in the Garden Class at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Kids age 3 years-old through 6th grade are welcome to attend and enjoy hands-on discoveries and fun. This Saturday’s class theme is Animal Homes & Garden Habitats. Class registration includes a visit to the Children’s Garden: the new Children’s Discovery Trail, the Ricardo Breceda “Serpent,” the Enchanted Garden Tube Tunnels, scarecrows on display, the interactive Children’s Music Garden, the Turtle and Dino Dig and the Incredible Edibles Garden. Class fee is $5 per kiddo for two hours of fun and learning, payable at the class. Fees support the development of the Children’s Garden. Adults must stay with their kids and pay the $5 Garden entry fee. Sat. Event details.

––Beth Shea