Before you get too into Thanksgiving cooking and start the holiday shopping, take advantage of the many events taking place in San Diego County this weekend. The fun and interactive Fall Garden Festival takes place at The Water Conservation Garden. Girls can get their science on at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. Participate in the Run/Walk for Hope in Mission Bay. Or honor the nation’s veterans at the Solana Beach Veteran’s Day Celebration.

San Diego

Science Club for Girls

Girls in grades 5 – 8 can join the Fleet on to investigate exciting science topics. Prepare for lift-off aboard the Nierman Challenger Learning Center. Work in teams to solve real-life science, technology and math problems during a mission to the Martian surface. Sat., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Girls in grades 5 – 8. $14 per person; $12 for members. Event details.

Run/Walk for Hope

The day will include a 5k Run/Walk, diaper dash for kids under 6, health and wellness expo, family friendly band, kid’s play zone, food from various San Diego restaurants, and a silent auction. Miracle Babies is a local non-profit that helps qualified families meet their basic expenses and avert financial disaster due to having a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Sun., 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Mariner’s Point, $30 – $40 (kids 12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Family Book Fair Day

Families can meet authors, listen to live music and entertainment, check out the book nook, have fun getting crafty with Kid Ventures and Art Soup, have fun in the obstacle course, and enjoy a yoga class. Enjoy a special performance by The Shirettes. Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Head to Toe Women’s Expo

Moms will enjoy an array of local and regional exhibitors with everything from essentials to a fairytale of luxuries and indulgences for stylish gals, moms, tots. Mix in a fashion show, chef seminars, baby shower, guest speakers, and it’s the ultimate day out for girlfriend brigades. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Del Mar Fairgrounds, $8, All ages. Event details.

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Honor Veteran’s Day with the City of Solana Beach and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 at the 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony. Some highlights of the ceremony include the Col. Frank Brezina Venture Scout Crew #42 as Color Guard, the Santa Fe Christian School Band, Camp Pendleton Young Marines, and a special guest speaker who will address the community. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, La Colonia Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebration of Music Education

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents two special concerts each year to honor the dedicated music educators in our region and celebrate the importance of music education in the lives of our youth and the entire community. Two music educators will be recognized for their inspiring achievements, one each at the two concerts. Sun., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Adults $20, Students $5. All ages. Event details.

East County

Fall Garden Festival

Visit plant and gardening specialists, enjoy live music, an art show, and cooking demos. For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, kids booths, and Ms. Smarty-Plants will entertain the little ones. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Water Conservation Garden, $5 members (kids under 12 free). All ages. Event details.

What is your family doing this weekend? Will you be attending one of these featured events?

— Leah R. Singer

Photo Courtesy of The Water Conservation Garden