If your New Year’s resolution was to get out and experience more of San Diego with the kiddos, then start this weekend with events in Balboa Park, downtown San Diego, and Rancho Santa Fe. Kids can get crafty at Lakeshore; experience the art of illusion at The Fleet in Balboa Park; ice skate at the new Rancho Santa Fe outdoor ice staking rink; or go on a nature walk in Mission Trails. Happy first weekend of 2015!

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San Diego

First Friday Story Time
Join us for a fun and festive story time at The New Children’s Museum! Fri., 10 – 11 a.m., The New Children’s Museum, $10/person. Ages 4 and under. Event details.

Illusion: Nothing is as It Seems
Take the family to the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center for a mind-bending exhibition that combines science and art to deceive the visitor through optical, perceptual and audio illusions. It shows that what people perceive is often radically different from the reality of what we observe by playfully allowing visitors to experience concepts used by magicians and explored by neuroscientists. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Included with admission. 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.

Wacky Science Sunday
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus Wahoo! for Wacky Science Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m., San Diego Natural History Museum, Included with admission. All ages. Event details.

North County

Rancho Santa Fe’s First Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe presents for the first time ever, an outdoor synthetic ice skating rink in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy skating in the ranch under the allure of festive twinkle lights and the stately 25-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn of The Inn. The cost includes skate rentals. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, $18/person. All ages. Event details

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

– Leah R. Singer

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