photo: Tomorrow’s Heroes Today

From a pirate celebration to Star Wars Day, a stargazing excursion, camping lakeside and a superhero fun run designed especially for kids ages 2-7, this weekend’s fun times are super-sized. Read on for the details.


Spring Camping at Lake Poway
Pitch a tent and marvel at the beauty of Lake Poway as you cruise the lake on a motorboat, go fishing, hike the trails and sleep under the stars. Fishing permits and boat rentals are not included; but may be purchased for a nominal fee. This is a rain or shine event! Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Solar Walk & Stargazing
Join this journey into outer space and view of our nighttime skies! You will travel through the solar system on a 1.5 mile hike into the Reserve to meet up with Curiosity Peak Observatory Astronomers. Their powerful telescopes will be focused on a distant constellation or planet so that you can experience it up-close. This program is suitable for all ages and everyone should dress warmly. Space is limited. Staggered start times between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Register online at: Sat. Event details.

Super Kids – Hero Fun Run
Your kids can be superheroes for a day at this fun run for little ones ages 2-4 and 5-7! This event raises money for Gently Hugged. The $30 entry fee includes a performance by Hullabaloo, kid/parent yoga, stretching and music with Seed & Song, face painting, crafts, selfie station and a participation medal and goodie bag. Parents/caregivers are free and additional tickets for siblings outside the 2-7 age range who would like to participate in activities other than the Fun Run are available for $12 (includes everything except goodie bag with participation medal and superhero cape). Sun. Event details.

Solana Beach

The Secret Garden
Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book of the same name, The Secret Garden tells the story of a lonely orphan Mary Lennox who discovers an abandoned garden as she sets out to make it grow again, unaware of the secrets it holds within its walls. The further she digs, the more the mysteries of the past emerge and the more exciting secrets she unearths. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fiesta del Sol Festival
Fun, danceable tunes fill the stage at Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Local music and dance performers have a stage of their own too. Little ones can let loose in the KidsZone with rides, games and hands-on arts and crafts. Face painting and the Dragon ride are family favorites. On Sunday morning from 7:30-10:30 a.m. local firefighters host a pancake breakfast at the west end of Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

SEA Days: Birds of a Feather
Looking to interview a scientist? Would you like to speak to an oceanographer for Career Day? SEA Days is the perfect opportunity for students, scouts, and other curious minds to fill requirements for interviewing science professionals. To celebrate Migratory Bird Day you’ll explore some amazing ocean-going birds and discover how adaptations allow them to survive in a watery world. Meet local scientists studying birds, learn about their lengthy migrations and discover the best spot to catch a glimpse of these impressive creatures. Sat. Event details.

Point Loma

San Diego Opera’s Family-Friendly Performance of Little Red Riding Hood
Come one, come all to San Diego Opera’s free day of opera and fun, perfect for all ages. Arrive early as the day begins with a Family Fun hour at 1 p.m. with free face painting, kettle corn and balloon artists. Then, at 2 p.m., it’s a family-and-kid-friendly operatic performance of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood complete with ‘Red’, her Grandma, the Woodsman, and oh no, a Wolf with a bad tummy! You’ll love this one-act opera sung in English by San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed! young artist program, all fully staged with costumes and sets. There’s ample free parking in lots on the PLNU campus. The Greek Amphitheater is a sunny outdoor venue, so bring plenty of sunscreen, water and hats. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, blankets or cushions to sit on and enjoy the day. While this event is free, please RSVP online here or by calling 619-533-7000. Sat. Event details.


Star Wars at the Library
The 5th annual Star Wars at the Library event welcomes Star Wars fans of all ages to celebrate their favorite story from a galaxy far, far away. As always, the wonderful Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs Haran’galaar Clan, Rebel Legion Sunrider Base and San Diego Star Wars Society will be ready to dazzle with their impressive cosplay. There will be fun activities for everyone! Sat. Event details.

Pirate Days
Bring the kiddos for this two-day celebration that includes costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights and scavenger hunt for pirate treasure. All of this plus the add-on show” Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure!” The first 100 kids each day will receive a free Pirate Booty Bag while supply lasts. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego

San Diego River Days
Join the San Diego River Park Foundation for two weekends of fun and free activities along the San Diego River! San Diego River Days is an annual event that takes place all along the River, from Julian to Ocean Beach. Participants of all ages are invited to come outdoors and celebrate the River by joining in activities such as volunteering, hikes, bike rides, animal encounters, nature walks, workshops, planting trees, citizen science, swap meets and much more! This is a chance to connect with nature and neighbors right in your own community. Learn more or sign up here. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

El Cajon

America on Main Street
This awesome patriotic festival features multiple stages of live entertainment, American and ethnic food booths including a chili cook-off, rides, arts, crafts and display booths, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and more! Sat. Event details.

Where are you hitting the town this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

––Beth Shea