Ready to have some fun before the weekends start getting busy with all-things turkey and holiday? Head downtown for the annual Fall Back Festival. Kids can channel their inner cowboys and cowgirls at a Wild West Carnival. Visit the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for KPBS Kids Day featuring a Dinosaur Train theme. Or get some holiday shopping done early at Bates Nut Farm’s “Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. Have a great weekend!

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Fall Back Festival
This free kid’s festival occurs the first Sunday of every November when Daylight Saving Time ends, and the clocks “fall back.” This festival offers historical and cultural education for the whole family. Kids can witness a blacksmith demonstration, pan for gold, and create their own Native American sand painting.  They can take a pony ride, experience a Wild West shoot-out, and experience history from the many cultural booths present and on display. Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter, Free. All ages. Event details.

Wild West Carnival
Northminster transforms into the Wild, Wild West for a rootin’-tootin’ day of fun for the whole family and community. We have games and prizes, pony rides, a fabulous silent auction,face painting, food, bounce houses, bake sale, an exciting Raffle and much more! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Northminster Preschool, Free. Preschool and elementary kids. Event details.

Military Book Fair
Kids can learn what it takes to be a Marine or a Navy SEAL and hear from authors and military heroes. You can meet Hank Steinberg, creator and producer of The Last Ship and Without a Trace, and shop for books for the whole family. Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., USS Midway Museum, Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Kate Sessions’ 157th Birthday
Celebrate the “Mother of Balboa Park” at this fun event. You can have your photos taken with horseless carriage cars, watch waltz and foxtrot dance demos, enjoy birthday cake and punch, and more. Sat. 2 – 4 p.m., Marston Home & Gardens, Free. All ages. Event details.

Old-Fashioned Game Night
Have some old-fashioned fun and play games like Tiddly Winks, Hopscotch and Skittles. Come and learn what it was like before video games. Sat., 3 – 5 p.m., Renaissance Village Academy, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

AK Martial Arts and Fitness Parents Night Out
Kids will enjoy Glow in the Dark Nerf Dart Tag, Wii games, a pizza party and more while parents get four hours to themselves. Sat., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Martial Arts & Fitness/ RealFit4Life Building, $30/first child; $25/additional sibling. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Second Saturday: Family Arts Activities
The second Saturday of every month, the Center’s Education Department offers free arts activities to engage and entertain the whole family. The one- to two-hour classes, held in Studio One and Two Theater, explore various artistic mediums. We provide the materials — attendees just bring their creativity! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Free. All ages. Event details.

“Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n’ Crafts Fair
Start your holiday shopping early at the Bates Nut Farm “Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. More than 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food while you shop. Sat. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

KPBS Kids: Dinosaur Train
Explore geology and paleontology, and celebrate all-things Dinosaur! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free with admission. Ages 0 – 5. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Facebook page