What do pirates, Dr. Seuss, railroads and gardening have in common? They are all events happening in Southern California this weekend. Celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved authors, Dr. Seuss, at events at Lakeshore Learning and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Learn all about real pirates at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s new pirate exhibit. Head to the Flower Fields at the Carlsbad Ranch to play in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. Or visit the Orange Empire Railway Museum for the Raildroadiana Swap Meet. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of Whydah
Say “ahoy” to real pirate treasures with more than 200 artifacts recovered from the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever discovered in the United States. 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.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat., 9:30 – 11 am, San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration at Lakeshore Learning
Make your way to Lakeshore for Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration. The day will include Dr. Seuss stories read every hour, an explore the globe game, hot air balloon making, and lots of Seussical crafts! Sat., 11 am – 3 pm, Lakeshore Learning, Free. All ages. Event details.

Reading Month at the New Children’s Museum
Celebrate literacy all month long with storytelling, art-making activities and special workshops at The New Children’s Museum! Sat. – Sun., 12 pm – 4 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free w/ Admission. All ages. Event details.

Wacky Science Sunday
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus Wahoo! for Wacky Science Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm, San Diego Natural History Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

North County

Read Across America With Dr. Seuss
Head to the Children’s Discovery Museum for “Read Across America Day,” which is celebrated this year with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. This special workshop will include a story time with Marilyn McPhie and a visit by a storybook character, who will giveaway Dr. Seuss books. Sat., 10 am – 12 pm, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, $6/person. All ages. Event details.

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County, in partnership with The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, invites the public to its new demonstration garden. Visitors to The Flower Fields can tour vignettes of different gardens that will be exhibited such as a square foot garden, a pizza garden, an edible front yard, and drought tolerant native garden. This outside classroom is a fun way for families to see examples of different ways to have a garden that is beautiful and edible. Sat. – Sun., 9 am – 6 pm, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, Free w/ admission to The Flower Fields. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Railroadiana Swap Meet
Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California’s railway history are welcome at Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet at Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the nonprofit museum will feature 180-plus tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, art, books and model and toy trains. Visitors can see everything from highly detailed scale models to family heirloom trains, lanterns, signs, signals and archival photos. Sat., 9 am – 2 pm, Orange Empire Railway Museum,  $5-$7/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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