Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or planning to enjoy a few days off for President’s Day, there’s no storage of activities to do this weekend in Southern California. Your kiddos can get crafty at one of of many Valentine’s Day events. Or head to the San Diego Natural History Museum for the premiere of the Real Pirates exhibit. You can also take a nature walk, travel with the Harlem Globetrotters, or gets arts at the Laguna Art Museum’s Kids Art Studio. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of Whydah
Say “ahoy” to real pirate treasures at this new exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Explore real stories of the people who populated the Atlantic in the age of slavery and piracy. See treasure chefs of gold coins, jewelry, cannons, pistols and a life-size replica of the ship’s stern that visitors can board. Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 5 pm, San Diego Natural History Museum, $18-$27/person. All ages. Event details.

Do Some Traveling With the Harlem Globetrotters
Enjoy jaw-dropping hoop action with this internationally acclaimed basketball team. Fri., 7 pm, Valley View Casino Center, prices vary by seat. All ages. Event details.

Jump Start Your Heart 5K
The 3rd annual Jump Start Your Heart (JSYH) 5k will benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation, which directly funds research that advances the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Congenital Heart Disease, the number one birth defect in the United States. Sat., 7 am, Mission Bay Park, $30/walker. All ages. Event details.

California Wildlife Open Art Festival
Kids will have a blast at this fun art festival that features a world-class carving competition, art auction, antique decoys and vendors, youth painting and more. Sat., 9:30 am – 4 pm, Corky McMillin Event Center (Liberty Station), $5/person. All ages. Event details.

Boo Hoo Crew CD Release Party
The Boo Hoo Crew, San Diego’s only kids rock band, is officially releasing their third studio album and they’re celebrating with a huge party at Belmont Park. The new CD, “Time of Our Lives” includes a free ticket to ride anything at the park or you can use the custom ticket to upgrade to a pass for a very discounted price. Sat., 11 am – 1 pm, Belmont Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Valentine’s Messy Art Class
Join us to with your Little Sweeties to make Edible Art for Valentine’s Day Treats and Gifts! Class size is limited, so please register early (call us or make a reservation on our website) to attend. Fri., 11 am, Kidsville Playgym, $15/person. All ages. Event details.

Explore Japan at the Children’s Discovery Museum
Come enjoy cultural performances and activities that highlight the traditions of Japan in the community. The afternoon will feature performances by Storyteller Steven Gregory and musician Reiko Obata and Taiko drumming performed by Asayake Taiko, along with hands-on activities focused around Japan. Sat., 2 – 4 pm, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

“Annie” by CYT San Diego
Christian Youth Theater (CYT) presents the classic story of Little Orphan Annie. Join America’s favorite orphan as she searches for her lost parents and finds love and security in the home of billionaire Daddy Warbucks. Kids will love the musical numbers, including Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and Tomorrow. Fri. – Sun., 7 pm, Greenfield Middle School, $15-$18/person. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Orange County

Laguna Art Museum Kid’s Art Studio
Kids’ Art Studio, a new hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum, helps kiddos get artsy by creating a piece of art, from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages and are presented by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council. Parents are invited to enjoy the museum’s current exhibitions at their leisure as their kids spend time at Kids’ Art Studio. Sun., 2 – 4 pm, Laguna Art Museum, $7/person (kids under 12 free). Ages 4 – 12. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us below!

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Laguna Art Museum