There is no shortage of things to do in Southern California this weekend. Besides attending one of the many Earth Day celebrations around town, you can also attend Ladybug Day at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Or participate in a Storytelling Festival or Days of Art Festival. Or heard to Suzie’s Farm for the always-fun Strawberry Jam. Enjoy the weekend!

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San Diego

National Nanny Training Day
The San Diego National Nanny Training Day event is a time for interested nannies, au pairs, in home daycare workers and early childhood development students to come together for learning and networking. A few of the topics to be presented will be newborn care, nanny contracts, and self defense for women and children. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Normal Heights Community Center, $25 – $45, Ages 18+. Event details.

Ana-Tommy’s Health Fair
Come out to celebrate the launch of the Ana-Tommy and Friends, Making Anatomy Fun book! Support kids learning how neat their bodies are and how taking care of them can be fun! There will be multiple hands on activities for children, live guitar music, giveaways, dance performances and special appearances by the Ana-Tommy characters! Also, serving up delicious appetizers (for all ages) will be the talented Celebrity Chef Len. Sat., 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Balboa Park Recital Hall, Free. All ages. Event details.

Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Festival
Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day! The day kicks off with the Friendship Walk at 10:00 am, which raises funds benefiting children with special needs in San Diego and Israel. The festival begins at 11:00 am. and features Jewish music, Israeli folk dancing, kosher foods, cultural merchandise, and art exhibits. There’s a hummus cooking competition, a Kids Zone, Sports Zone, and a Senior Lounge. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Family Friday
Bring the family for a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide that promises a fun and interactive journey through the studio. Afterward, take the nature trail down to the Lux Classroom for a hands-on art project led by a Lux instructor. Fri., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Lux Art Institute, Kids free (adults $5). Ages 4+. Event details.

Ladybug Day
Participate in the “Lost Ladybug Project” sponsored by Cornell University. Search the garden for ladybugs and your information will get reported back to Cornell University. In addition, there will be lots of craft activities located in the Eucalyptus Grove by Seeds of Wonder and a release of ladybugs at noon to benefit the garden. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Storytelling Festival
Bring the kiddos to the 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival. Offerings include: preschool story time, Earth Friendly Tales, Kids Tell Stories, Tales from Park Dale Elementary, America!, Stories and Ballads, and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Encinitas Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Days of Art
The 21st annual Oceanside Days of Art features more than 120 local artists selling a variety of fine art including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.  The festival also offers live stage performances, free hands on art activities for all ages, and a food court.  Other attractions include a Senior Art Show, a High School Art Show, Angelique the Living Music Box, street chalk artists, face painting, and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Downtown Oceanside, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Strawberry Jam
Bring the family for a fun spring day on the farm. Strawberry Jam will feature live music from Flashing Sirens, The Yes Team!, and the Strawberry Jam Jam hosted by David Green Truck. Bring your own instrument and join in the jam! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Suzie’s Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Celebrating Mother Earth or playing with ladybugs, art or strawberries?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the San Diego Botanic Gardens’ Facebook page.