Has your January been filled with back to school, cleaning the house for the new year, and more indoor playtime than you care to enjoy? If so, then spend your weekend outside at one of the many events around the county. Kids can become little insect investigators at Alta Vista Gardens. Little kickers can try out for soccer at the Soccer Shots free demo days. Get imaginative at the free second Sunday at the New Children’s Museum. Or head downtown to see Disney’s Belle at a special Beauty and the Beast performance. Happy Weekend!


San Diego

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, San Diego Civic Theatre, $24.50 and up. All ages. Event details.

DIY Food Trucks
Design and build your own food truck like Feast artist Jason Torchinsky! Use wood, tape and markers to construct a miniature vehicle then drive it around to move or sell food in our mini country and city landscape. Fri. – Sun, 10 am – 4 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Show Me a Story! Improvised Comedy for Kids
Imagine your child’s eyes light up with wonder as a story that has never been thought of before comes to life before their eyes. They help pick the characters, the location and what happens, and a team of improvisors make it come true! Your kiddo may even get a chance to hop on stage and perform! You also enjoy a short performance by our Teen Improv Troupe and some fun games for kids. Sat., 12 – 1 pm, Finest City Improv, $5/kids, $10/adults. Ages 3 – 13. Event details.

Target Free Sunday at the New Children’s Museum
Enjoy the New Children’s Museum for free, thanks to Target!
 Additionally Sharp HealthCare’s Free Community Health Screenings
Sharp HealthCare is committed to improving the health of the San Diego community — starting with you. Free community health screenings will be provided at NCM for adults over the age of 18. Sun., 12 – 4 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Soccer Shots Free Demo Days
Soccer Shots will be having a FREE Soccer class for children ages 3-6 years old! Soccer Shots uses fun and imaginative games to introduce basic soccer skills, teamwork, agility, and sportsmanship to young children in a non-competitive environment. Sat., 10:15 am, Vista La Mesa Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Chick-Fil-A Storytime in Encinitas
Enjoy a tasty lunch and story time at Chick-fil-A Encinitas. There will be Story Time music, crafts, games, food and a wide variety of free play activities . This is a great way for adults with young children to meet new people and relax while their children are having fun being entertained,learning new things and interacting with others. Fri., 9 am – 11 am, Chick-Fil-A Encinitas, Free. Ages 1 – 5 years. Event details.

Parents Night Out with AK Marital Arts
Join AK Martial Arts & Fitness for the first Parent Night out of 2014! We will have Glow in the Dark Laser Tag and Dancing at the event. Pizza and treats are also included. Sat., 5 – 9 pm, AK Martial Arts & Fitness/ RealFit4Life Building, $30/1st child, $25/each additional child. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Kids in the Garden
Discover bugs and butterflies with Farmer Jones! Kids will learn what makes an insect an insect; we will turn over rocks and investigate under logs to find the tiny creatures who live all around us.  A close look at our compost will reveal sow bugs and other busy bugs. Because we have planted milkweed and passion vines, we will learn about the life cycle of our monarchs who come right to Alta Vista Gardens: the caterpillars who chew on the leaves and then metamorphose into butterflies who feed on our flowers. You will make a butterfly craft to take home. Sat., 10 am – 12 pm, Alta Vista Gardens,  $5/person. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Truck Touch Fire Friends
Enjoy the weekend with firefighter friends from Station 51! Children will feel as though they are riding the big red fire engines as they hear the “clang, clang” of the bells. This first-hand experience with a fire engine will transport young children to the scene where they’ll see how brave firemen connect hoses and save the day. Fri., 11 am – 12 pm, Pretend City, $12.50/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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