With summer vacation starting in full force, chances are parents need some fun activities for kids in the upcoming weeks. Rest assured, there are plenty of different things to do in San Diego this weekend. Kids will be hands-on with adobe brick-making and gold panning at Adobe Days Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park. Families can enjoy a Dr. Seuss-inspired celebration of World Oceans Day at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Celebrate diversity at The New Children’s Museum and bring the kids, dogs and friends to the Doggie Street Fair in Ocean Beach. 

North County

Adobe Days
The Adobe Days festival will celebrate local history, art, agriculture, and more. Kids can get their bodies dirty with hands-on activities such as adobe brick-making, gold panning, rope-making, and acorn grinding. Also included is a petting zoo and crafts for kids, as well as live music, Native American storytelling and tours of the 1853 Adobe Ranch House. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park, Price varies. All ages. More info.

San Diego

World Oceans Day
Get ready to celebrate the deep blue at World Oceans Day. This year’s event features “Oceans of Inspiration,” themed around Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. There will be tons of activities for the kiddos including touching shark skin, observing swimming fish, a scavenger hunt, and exploring the museum in a Seuss style. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Free with admission. All ages. More details.

KidsFest San Diego
Welcome to KidsFest San Diego, a Celebration of the Imagination. KidsFest is San Diego’s premiere family event with over 100,000 square feet of unique creative and interactive activities for kids. Come join us to build, create, paint, plant, play, dance and much, much more. It’s everything Kids love to do! Ticket prices are all-inclusive. That means everything inside is included and guaranteed to be fun. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Liberty Station, Prices vary. All ages. More details.

Diversity Day
Kids and families celebrate differences at Diversity Day at The New Children’s Museum. This event is hosted by the museum and the Anti-Defamation League. Help embrace the region’s diversity, including the many races, religions, national origins, genders, and sexual orientations that thrive and contribute to San Diego. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. More info

Doggie Street Fair
Here’s a festival for the entire family, including Fido himself! The event includes entertainment, pet care and health information, training tips, adoption information, and much more. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Robb Field, Ocean Beach, Free. All ages. More info.

 East County

Library Birthday Bash
Happy Birthday to the La Mesa Library! Families can celebrate literacy with live music, face painting for the kids, family photos, and cake. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. La Mesa Library, Free. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer

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