If the weekend had a theme, this one would be all pumpkins, all the time! Head to Suzie’s Farm for the annual Pumpkin Palooza event on the farm. Participate in the Pumpkin Plunge at Alga Norte Community Park, or enjoy breakfast with your littlest pumpkin at the San Marcos Community Center. If pumpkins aren’t your thing, there’s other fun events happening too. The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or check out the grand opening of Eureka!, the New Children’s Museum’s latest exhibit. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

GI Film Festival San Diego Movie Night
GI Film Festival San Diego’s Family Movie Night will present a family-friendly film screening of “Max” at the USS Midway Museum. This film documents the heartfelt story of a marine’s family and his service dog Max. Free popcorn and soda are included in ticket price, and concessions will be available for purchase on the flight deck. Fri., 7 – 10 p.m., USS Midway Museum, $10/person. All ages. Event details.

Eureka! Grand Opening
Join The New Children’s Museum for the grand opening of Eureka!, an all-new exhibition that encourages visitors to discover California through the imagination of artists and explore the power of creative thinking. Through inventive art installations and studio activities, Eureka! will encourage visitors to explore the Golden State, by “digging deeper” and experiencing those “aha” moments we have every day. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details

North County

29th Annual Carnival and Craft Fair
Families come enjoy the carnival at the 29th Annual Craft Fair. There will be crafts for kids and small prizes for all. Costumes are encouraged! While there, plan on a meal with the food vendors, dessert at the bake sale, and some Pinterest- and Etsy-style shopping inside at the Craft Fair. Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., RBCPC, $3/person. All ages. Event details.

Pumpkin Plunge
Come dressed for swimming and catch a pumpkin with a hula hoop in a floating pumpkin patch, watch the movie “Hocus Pocus,” catch mutant fish and receive a pumpkin to take home. Sat., 5 – 9 p.m., Alga Norte Community Park, $10/person (3 and under free). All ages. Event details.

San Diego Kids Expo and Fair
There is always so much to do for the entire family. This fun fair has everything with music, dance, sports demos, games, cooking classes, plus so much more. Face painting, remote control cars, and 2 electric trains have the kids busy doing fun interactive activities all weekend. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds, $10/person (kids free). All ages. Event details.

Breakfast with the Littlest Pumpkin
Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage and orange juice or coffee. Quarter carnival games also available for kiddos. Sat., 7:30 – 11 a.m., San Marcos Community Center, $3 – $5/person. All ages. Event details.

USA Jump Stars
Come jump for Joy at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living! Enjoy an upbeat, fun filled experience at Seaside Center when the USA Jumpstars visit and offer free lessons to kids. Kids will learn basic and intermediate jump rope skills and the afternoon will be punctuated by a performance featuring all the new jumpers as well as by the award winning team from USA Jumpstars! Sun., 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,  Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, Free. Ages 4-12. Event details.

South Bay

Pumpkin Palooza
Take the family to the cornerstone event of Suzie’s Farm pumpkin harvest season — the 6th annual Pumpkin Palooza. Kids can pull their pumpkins right from the vine in the field where they are grown. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Suzie’s Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

American Girl Cooking Demo and Book Signing
Williams-Sonoma hosts a special baking demo and cookbook signing to celebrate the product launch of Williams-Sonoma for American Girl. Join Williams-Sonoma Director of Culinary Amanda Haas, and actress Olivia Rodrigo, star of the American Girl movie, “Grace Stirs Up Success,” at this exclusive event as they make madeleines just for you! Amanda and Olivia will bake together and take questions from the audience with cookbook signing to follow. All guests will receive a copy of the American Girl DVD. This is a ticketed event and you must make a reservation. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Williams Sonoma South Coast Plaza, $21.55/person. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Tamara McCauley via Flickr