Photo: Birch Aquarium

There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend! Birch Aquarium is throwing their 25th anniversary bash, Geppetto’s Toys is commemorating their 25th birthday with a party complete with free gifts and goodies for revelers and a spectacular giveaway––hint: a Golden Ticket is involved! And avast, me hearties, time to channel your inner pirate because it’s Landlubbers Day at Seaport Village. Read on to find out how to join in the fun!

Liberty Station

Family Open Art
Family oriented activities available for all members of your family to participate in a collaborative project or individual projects. Art making stations available for all ages. Seasonal themed projects available. Working on a family project already? That’s great! Take advantage of Pachis supplies and staff advice to add more and new things to something you’re already working on. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to come and go at any time during open art sessions. Fri. Event details.

La Jolla

Birch Aquarium Celebrates 25 Years “On the Hill”
Join the Birch Aquarium as they celebrate 25 Years in their current location “On the Hill.” Though there have been several iterations of the Scripps aquarium since the very beginning of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1905, the opening of Birch Aquarium on Sept. 16, 1992 took the aquarium to the next level, expanding the reach of the institution’s public outreach arm. To celebrate this milestone, Birch Aquarium is hosting a family-friendly anniversary event featuring live music, face painting and crafts as well as science interactions highlighting the latest science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Enjoy festive décor and family-friendly activities throughout the aquarium, learn which aquarium residents have been there since the very beginning and contribute to the “Wall of Fishes,” sharing your hopes and dreams for the future of the aquarium. There will also be a scavenger hunt and craft activities. Sat. Event details.


Toddler Time: Sights, Sounds, Textures
Toddlers and preschoolers can experience sensory exploration at The New Children’s Museum by exploring materials and colors through sight and sound. They will also have the opportunity to investigate various textures to discover new modes of sensory play. Fri. Event details.

Landlubbers Day at Seaport Village
Avast, me hearties! In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village is hosting the third annual Landlubbers Day, a festive celebration of all things pirate. This free event features live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s very own pirate-themed band; costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests for kids and adults; a mermaid grotto; arts and crafts; and food and drink specials from Seaport Village shops and eateries. Lads and lassies of all ages are encouraged to don their finest eye patches and pirate garb for a chance to win prizes. At 2 p.m., the costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests will kick off, where prizes for best costume and best pirate accent will be awarded to entrants in a number of age categories. Four legged scallywags will also have a chance to compete with a new pet costume category added this year. Sat. Event details.

San Diego

Geppetto’s Toys 25th Birthday Party & Giveaway
It’s been 25 years since the Miller family purchased a single toy store and began a growth trajectory that has expanded Geppetto’s into the largest independent toy retailer in the country with nine locations throughout San Diego County. To celebrate, Geppetto’s is turning the tables on a traditional birthday party by giving out gifts and goodies instead of receiving them. On Saturday, September 16, Geppetto’s will host a thank you party at all locations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring free food, entertainment, activities and crafts, party decorations and a free signature Geppetto’s drawstring backpack filled with over $30 worth of toys from some of the store’s most popular brands (while supplies last). Click here to learn about their spectacular giveaway involving a Golden Ticket: Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Autism Accessibility Mornings at The Fleet
On the third Saturday of every month, the Fleet invites adults and families with children with autism to enjoy the Fleet’s exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular open hours to the general public and with access to a special cool-off space. Admission includes a special IMAX film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume. Regular admission rates apply. Visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum all day. Early access to galleries 9–10 a.m. Sat. Event details.


Community Safety Event
Don’t miss the Santee Historical Society’s 1st Annual Public Safety Fair. Interact with Santee Sheriff and Santee Firefighters who will have their engine at The Barn for you to see. Bring your bike and have the Sheriffs teach you about the rules for riding. A lesson about street signs and hand signals will be given before the kids are allowed to ride along a bicycle course with a Sheriff’s Deputy. Deputies escort the kids through the course to point out hazards and rules of the road. Free glow stick bracelets for all kids who ride the course (while supply lasts). Sat. Event details.


Flower Child Festival
Parents and children of all ages are welcome to join in the festivities at the Flowerchild Festival, including play tents, giveaways for ‘best-dressed flowerchild,’ fairytale story time and photo with a princess, shopping village, farmer’s market (not included in ticket price) and live music from local artists. The first 100 families who arrive (with ticket) receive a free bag filled with items valued over $100. Sun. Event details.


Rhea Lana’s Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Event
This weekend is North County San Diego’s most exciting boutique children’s consignment event. There will be 200+ families selling over 20,000 high quality, like-new children’s clothing, furniture, baby gear, toys, shoes, infant through junior clothing, maternity clothing and nursery items at bargain prices. This organized and high-quality shopping experience will feature top brands at affordable prices. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the weekend with your family? Share in the comments.

––Beth Shea