Has your January been filled with back to school, cleaning the house for the new year, and more indoor playtime than you care to enjoy? If so, then spend your weekend outside at one of the many events around the county. Head to Poway for the city’s annual Winter Festival. Make a stitched felt bag at any San Diego Michael’s Store. Experience the New Children’s Museum for free on Sunday. Or take a nature walk in Mission Trails. Happy Weekend!


San Diego

Michael’s Kids Club: Stitched Felt Bag
Sew much fun! Stop by for the Stitched Felt Bag Event and take home a completed project. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Michael’s Stores, $2/30-minute session. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Target Free Sunday at the New Children’s Museum
Enjoy the New Children’s Museum for free, thanks to Target!
 Additionally Sharp HealthCare’s Free Community Health Screenings
Sharp HealthCare is committed to improving the health of the San Diego community — starting with you. Free community health screenings will be provided at NCM for adults over the age of 18. Sun., 12 – 4 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. 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.

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.

North County

Poway Community Park’s Winter Festival
Experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down snow hill; smell roasted marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. Fri. and Sat., 5 – 9 p.m., Poway Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

See the Peking Acrobats
The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Accompanied by live musicians and high-tech special effects, the acrobats bring the excitement of a Chinese Carnival to the stage! Sat., 7:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts, Escondido, $21+. All ages. Event details.

AK Martial Arts and Fitness Parents Night Out
Join AK Martial Arts & Fitness for a Parent Night Out! Kids will enjoy Glow in the Dark Laser Tag, Wii games, a pizza party and more! Sat., 5 – 9 p.m., AK Martial Arts & Fitness, $30/first kid, $25/sibling. Ages 5 and up.Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of The Art Pantry