There is so much to do this weekend of May in San Diego! Be sure to clear your calendars as you’ll want to attend several of these amazing family events. Kids can be pirates and search for buried treasure at the Maritime Museum of San Diego during their Pirate Party days. Families will help The New Children’s Museum celebrate its fourth birthday with a musical trash birthday bash. Make a day trip to Suzie’s Farm in South Bay at their strawberry u-pick day, complete with family fun and entertainment. Get the kiddos to enjoy literacy at the Children’s Book Festival in La Mesa. So many events and so little time-so get your calendars out and start planning!strawberries

San Diego

Pirate Party
This fun event includes pirate costume contests, carnival games, cannon firings, crafts, weapon demonstrations and sword fights. Kids won’t want to miss appearances by mermaids and scavenger hunt for pirate treasure. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Maritime Museum of San Diego, Free with admission. All ages. More details.

Musical Trash Birthday Bash
Celebrate The New Children’s Museum’s 4th birthday with a one-of-a kind day of listening, building, and performing with sound projects based on trash and recycling. Kids can work alongside artists and musicians from the Los Angeles-based artist collective, Machine Project, to create original musical compositions. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; The New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. All ages. More details.

North County

Endangered Species Day
Celebrate the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 40th birthday with Endangered Species Day. Joan Embery will launch the conservation-themed activities in a special ceremony at Shiley’s Cheetah Run at the Park. Activities include animal greetings, scavenger hunt, and African Tram Tours. Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido. Free with admission. All ages. More details.

North Park Festival of Arts
The 16th annual North Park Festival of Arts feature fun for the entire family. Activities include crafts, arts exhibitors, dance, music, entertainment, and much more. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; North Park. Free. All ages. More details.

East County

Children’s Book Festival
Meet celebrity authors and illustrators at the Children’s Book Fesitval in La Mesa. See stage performances, storytellers, Readers Theatre, SLAM poetry and much more. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; La Mesa Village, La Mesa. Free. All ages. More details.

South County

Strawberry U-Pick Day
Enjoy a day of strawberry picking and entertainment at the famous and organic Suzie’s Farm. Admission is free and a minimal charge applies to a pound of strawberries. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Suzie’s Farm, South Bay. Free. All ages. More details.

— Leah R. Singer

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