photo: Monster Jam

This weekend is action-packed with monster trucks at Monster Jam and the Circus Vargas show filled with spectacular stunts! Also on tap: art workshops, comedic theater and animal exploration! There’s truly something for everyone! Read on to see what’s in store.

San Diego

Pet Pals at the San Diego Humane Society
A fun opportunity for children to visit San Diego Humane Society and learn about their animal friends. Each month focuses on a different animal or animal-related topic and includes a lesson, activity and animal interaction geared towards the theme of the month. This month’s theme is Lend a Paw to PAWS. Fri. Event details.

Del Mar

Circus Vargas
The big one is back! Join in the fun of this swashbuckling circus spectacular, “Dreaming Of Pirates!” A fantastic voyage of nonstop action and adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant kids of all ages! Death defying acrobats, daredevils, flying trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, comedians, motorcycles and much, much, more! Always fun for the entire family! Discover a world of pure circus magic under the Big Top, where memories are made and cherished for a lifetime! Circus Vargas’ Dreaming of pirates… A true circus treasure! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Monster Jam
Action-packed motorsports experience Monster Jam returns to San Diego with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events at PETCO Park. This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco® and Avenger. Eight trucks are making their San Diego debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Stone Crusher, Hooked, Jester, Xtermigator, Over Bored and the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon. Sat. Event details.

La Jolla

SEA Days: Whale Tales
Discover science, exploration & adventure. Whales are a diverse group of animals that have fascinated people for thousands of years. At this family-friendly event, meet a Scripps Oceanography scientist and find out about their current whale research. Sat. Event details.


Make ‘n’ Play Family Music Day
Geared toward children ages 4-12 and their families, this “Make and Play” Family Music Day gives kids the opportunity to create an instrument of their own. The focus will be on making a box guitar. Younger kids will be able to make simpler instruments such as shakers and rattles. With their new instruments, little ones will be invited to “join a band” and play with others on the stage. Free snacks, giveaways and additional hands-on activities round out this fun filled afternoon! No experience necessary and all supplies are provided. Adults must accompany kids. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum
While enjoying a discounted $5 admission for the entire family, explore the Mingei’s colorful exhibitions, make an art project, complete a treasure hunt, talk to a docent, take home prizes and most of all, have fun! Sun. Event details.


Toddler Art Program at iCreate
Toddlers can explore a variety of art making activities including crafts, ceramic painting, acrylic canvas painting, glass fusion, mosaic and glass making, jewelry making and pottery clay building. Sun. Event details.

Solana Beach

Around the World in Eighty Days
Stampeding elephants! Runaway trains! Unbridled humor! Reaching new heights! North Coast Rep skyrockets into the New Year with the dazzling San Diego premiere of the Jules Verne classic, Around the World in Eight Daysadapted by Mark Brown. Fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg circles the globe lurking with danger, romance and comic surprises at every turn. Five fiercely talented actors portray 42 characters with deft and dexterity, adding to the fast-paced merriment. Described by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “somewhere between Monty Python and Groucho Marx,” this stupendous theatrical trip is suitable for the whole family. Book passage now for this outrageously funny adventure. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Family Discovery Days: Wings Over Wetlands
Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration. Kids can meet live birds in presentations each day, and enjoy bird-themed crafts, face painting and nature activities. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds. Sun. Event details.

Where are you having a blast this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

––Beth Shea