Can you believe it’s already February? Time flies when you have to keep kids busy on the weekend! Luckily there’s lots to do in SoCal this weekend. Head downtown for a free day at the New Children’s Museum. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival in Costa Mesa or the Chinese New Year celebration in downtown San Diego. Kids can get their groove on with the Fresh Beat Band, or learn about Black History Month at the Spring Valley Branch Library. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Friday Night Liberty
Free monthly first-Friday event, featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Fri., 5 – 8 pm, NTC Promenade Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dance to a Fresh Beat – The Fresh Beat Band Live
“The Fresh Beat Band,” Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, are so popular they have to keep the party going. Kiki, Shout, Marina, and Twist will perform “The Fresh Beat Band” hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Fri., 6:30 pm,  Valley View Casino Center, $35 – $45/person. All ages. Event details.

Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair to ring in the Year of the Horse! The event includes lion dances, martial arts performances, food, Asian Story Theater, arts and crafts, opportunity drawings, and more! Sat. and Sun., 9 am – 5 pm, Downtown San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Target Free Second Sunday
Enjoy the New Children’s Museum for free, thanks to Target! Sun, 12 – 4 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

For the Love of Chocolate
Make your Valentine’s Day celebration even sweeter as you enjoy Sweet Street full of gourmet chocolates, live music, chocolate pairings, a champagne garden and themed activities for the kiddos. Sat., 1 – 5 pm, Downtown Escondido, Free for Sweet Street. All ages. Event details.

Parent’s Night Out with AK Martial Arts
Parents can have a night out while kids play have fun playing glow-in-the-dark Nerf Dart Tag to benefit Poinsettia Elementary School. The fun evening includes pizza dinner, Nintendo Wii time, and safety gear for all participants. Sat., – 9 pm, AK Martial Arts & Fitness, $30/1st child; $25/additional sibling. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Second Saturdays: Crafts You’ll Love
Make Valentine’s Day cards using printmaking techniques, build a heart-adorned door wreath and create a bouquet of paper flowers while listening to classical tunes from the Romantic era. Sat., 10 am – 12 pm, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Celebrate Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month at the Spring Valley Branch Library. The event features a meet-and-greet with legendary NHL player, Willie O’Ree, entertainment by WorldBeat Center’s drummers and dancers as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir, crafts, health screenings and more. Sat., 1 – 4 pm, Spring Valley Branch Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Tet Festival in Costa Mesa
Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Fri. – Sun, times vary by day, OC Fair & Event Center, $5/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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