Are you breathing a sigh of relief now that the holidays are over? But wait, the kiddos are still home from school! Don’t stress about boredom because there is lots to do in Southern California this weekend. Museums are open throughout San Diego County and Orange County with great activities for families. There are also nature walks and crafting days. So get out of the house and have some fun before school resumes.

San Diego

Finger Painting Friday: Stamp and Snow!
Express yourself! Use fabric and stamping tools to create a masterpiece of your own! Finger Painting Friday activities at The New Children’s Museum are generously sponsored by ScholarShare. Fri., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, New Children’s Museum. Free with paid admission. All ages. Event details.

New Year’s Bash
Ring in 2013 with The New Children’s Museum! Get down at NCM’s annual New Year’s Bash celebration! Festivities include dance and musical performances, hands-on art workshops and scavenger hunts that are all inspired by colorful, energetic street art! Fri., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, New Children’s Museum. Free with paid admission. All ages. Event details.

Winter Green World
Take a naturalist-led walk and view a variety of plants that sustain brilliant color throughout the season. Great way for the family to get out and enjoy nature together! Sat., 9:30 am – 11:00 am, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Sailor’s Days
Lots of fun things to do: scavenger hunt with prize, make brass rubbings, ferryboat steam engine demos, explore our ships, raising sail, rope making, knot tying, rowing. Activities available vary each day and are offered with paid admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Sun., 10:00 am, Maritime Museum of San Diego, $8-$15. All ages. Event details

Wacky Science Sunday
Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle™ and The Magic School Bus© Wahoo! Join the Natural History Museum for live performances every Sunday. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 pm, San Diego Natural History Museum, $9 – $15, All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Bob the Builder Project
Nail down a day of fun with Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew in Discovery Science Center’s new interactive exhibit! Based on the hit television show, Bob the Builder—Project: Build It brings Sunflower Valley to life and encourages little builders and their families to construct a sense of teamwork. The immersive adventure fosters creativity and the satisfaction of a job well done through open-ended, discovery-based games and hands on activities, while promoting a “green” initiative. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Discovery Science Center, free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Snow Day
Bring your mittens and scarves for Calvary’s 1st Annual Snow Day where the courtyard will be transformed into a fun winter wonderland! Come and enjoy free kid-sized sled runs, a snow-play area, falling snow, a giant snowman,and live music. We’ll also have taco carts, frozen treats, hot cocoa and more! Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Calvary Church, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Getting ready for school or still enjoying winter vacation?

— Leah R. Singer

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