Getting back into a routine after the long holiday break is never easy. The weeks of late nights, late mornings (if you were lucky) and a lack of schedule make the first week of January a period of transition. Ease into it with a low key weekend. From a fun play about a magic crayon to learning opportunities at a lagoon and the Science Center, find something fun and laid back to keep your family stimulated and entertained!

San Diego

Harold and the Purple Crayon
A favorite in the world of picture books gets even more exciting when it comes to life on stage. Harold goes to the circus, swimming in the sea, and gets to be on television all through the magic of his crayon and the wonders of theatre. Sat, 1:00 pm. Casa del Prado Theatre. $8-$14. All ages. Event Details.

Family Science Saturday
Spark your kids’ curiosity and foster exploration through hands-on activities. You can make origami and Spirograph artwork, design and construct simple mechanical and musical instruments, create “digital bling” using colorful LED lights, batteries and accessories, and more! Sat, 1:00 pm. Reuben H Fleet Science Center. Included with admission. All ages. Event Details.

Nimpentoad Book Reading
Two San Diego elementary school students wrote Nimpentoad, the tale of a courageous and resourceful little Nibling who leads his tribe through the perilous Grunwald forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. Listen to the authors read it at the Children’s Museum. Sun, 2:00 pm. The New Children’s Museum. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

North County

Lagoon Marine Life Talk and Touch
Stop by the lagoon, where a marine biologist will introduce you to the critters in the Discovery Center Aquariums and Touch Tank. You’ll also learn the ecological roles they play. You can meet Gary, Lagoon Discovery Center’s Garibaldi! Sat, 12:00 pm. Lagoon Discovery Center. Free. All ages. Event Details.

— Laura Willard