Beat sizzling temps by making a splash with this weekend’s family activities. From apple picking in Julian to Old Town Summer Nights, read on for where to unwind!

Toddler Time with The New Children’s Museum
Gather around to hear some of your favorite childhood stories. Story Time is an enriching and engaging experience that allows your child to hear stories from our Museum staff. This isn’t your typical story circle, however. The New Children’s Museum brings stories to life by enhancing the experience with bilingual stories, puppet shows, skits and much more. Click here to access previous storytime sessions you can view from home. Fri. 10 a.m.

Old Town Summer Nights
Visit Old Town, where streets have been closed to make way for outdoor dining at sidewalk cafes and restaurants and for you to enjoy open-air shopping at unique boutique shops. Fri.-Sun. 3-9 p.m.

Visit the Rancho Bernardo Farmers Market
This farmers market has been in operation at the Bernardo Winery since 1990. There are 30-34 vendors: fresh produce, hot prepared foods, package foods, home needs, crafts and specialty items. Plus, it’s at the beautiful Bernardo Winery where you can walk the market with a glass of wine. It’s a perfect event each and every Friday morning, rain or shine. Stop by and visit. You may get hooked. Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Make a Macrame Plant Holder
Supplement your child’s school art curriculum. Join California’s beloved public garden, The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, to design, knot and create a macrame plant hanger for your pandemic garden. Choose a free 4″ succulent plant from Gamble Garden’s “Plant Shop” to put into your completed macrame hanger. This live one-hour Zoom class is taught by Lexi Bakkar, an artist based in Sonoma, California. All supplies provided and can either be picked up at Gamble Garden or mailed directly to your home (for an additional $10 fee). Recommended for ages 10 – 18 years (parents can join if child needs assistance). Sat. 10 a.m.

Annenberg PetSpace Health Center Check-up
Join us online for a special behind-the-scenes look at the Annenberg PetSpace Health Center. We’ll show you some of the in-depth care we give to our adoptable pets as we prepare them for their new homes. Watch live on the @AnnenbergPetSpace Instagram account. Sat. 11:30 a.m.

Chat with Maximo the Titanosaur
Learn about the largest-known dinosaur and chat with him. He will literally answer back!

Stroll the Leucadia Farmers Market
The Leucadia Certified Farmers Market has 75+ vendors with amazing flowers, plants and fresh produce including a large Certified Organic Section. In addition you will find specialty foods like bakeries, beef, seafood, marinades, pastas, sauces etc. Come hungry as we also have a very nice food court serving breakfast and lunch. Local artisans too! Sun. 10 a.m.

Go Apple Picking
With ten acres to roam, Julian’s largest orchard, Volcan Valley Apple Farm, comes alive with apple trees filled with varieties of red and green apples including Empire, Jonathan and Red Delicious. Why not head out for apple picking this weekend? Purchase a bag which holds 6-7 lbs. of apples for $15 and then head into the fields to fill it up. The farm reports that the apples look “beautiful and plentiful this year.” First bag includes admission. No bag––admission is $5. Children 5 and younger are free. No fee for credit card charges. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. Fri.-Sun.

Teach Your Kids How to Ride a Bike
There’s no time like the present to teach your kids how to ride a bike. We’ve got 9 foolproof ways to get them rolling.

Take a Dip to Beat Sizzling Temps
Jump into the pool to stay cool. Be sure to take along some of our very favorite water toys.

––Beth Shea