photo: Orange Empire Railway Museum

Thomas the Train and the Grinch make appearances this weekend and renown artist Karl Johnson is in town to create masterful hand cut silhouettes of your kiddos in just minutes. Read on for the details on these happenings and much more for an exciting weekend that’s in store…

Balboa Park

Tuck Everlasting
What would you do if you had all eternity? 11 year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. Come see this exciting adventure brought to life on stage. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Scripps Ranch

Candy Buy Back
Join Scripps Pediatric Dentistry for their 7th Annual Candy Buy Back Program. Help stop Zombie Mouth! Kids can bring in their surplus candy to: 9840 Hibert St. B-4 (located between Trader Joe’s and Chuck E. Cheese). For every pound of candy, kids will receive $1. This event will take place from November 1st – 9th. All Candy will be shipped to US troops overseas via Operation Gratitude. Note: The office is open Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri. Event details.


A Day Out With Thomas Friendship Tour
Day Out With Thomas 2017 is a fun-filled event that provides kids of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas and Percy as well as participate in tons of Thomas & Friends themed activities. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets may be purchased online at Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at Babies in Bloom
Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at Sprout in Babies in Bloom to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome including the squirmy ones! Karl’s work has been featured in over 30 magazines including The O List in Oprah Magazine, People, and Elle Decor. He also has a large celebrity following and has created silhouettes for Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Secretary of State John Kerry, Tom Cruise and many more. His artwork is also currently carried by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and specialty children’s boutiques. Please reserve your appointment here. Sat. Event details.

San Diego

Improv Comedy Show
Similar in style to “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the National Comedy Theatre is a high octane improv comedy show featuring San Diego’s best comedians performing a series of games and scenes all based on audience suggestions.
The audience picks the games, helps us call the fouls and ultimately decides which team is the evening’s winner. And it’s clean! It’s a fast, hysterical, unique and highly interactive show that is appropriate for all audiences. No drink or age minimums. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Kanaka Fall Hike
Come to the mountains and hike the Kanaka Loop in search of some fall color. This is a moderate 7-mile hike through beautiful terrain with some hills. Meet at Farmer Staging Area. There is no cost to attend and all ages are welcome. Inclement weather may cancel, call ahead to confirm at 760-765-4098. Sun. Event details.


San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s 7th Annual Fall Family Festival
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Fall Family Festival will feature a petting zoo and animal education, live music, SDCDM’s Mobile Children’s Museum, carnival games, a bubble party, food truck, beer & wine cash bar for adults and much more! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to celebrate the season with the community. Sun. Event details.

Where will you be having a ball with your family this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

––Beth Shea