If you’ve been cooped up with the kiddos indoors watching the winter weather outside, it’s time to get out of the house! So many events taking place this weekend in Southern California are outdoors. There’s an Estuary Clean Sweep, tidepool exploration, and outdoor fishing for kids. But if you prefer to stay inside, there are plenty of activities happening at local museums and even a Kidtoons movie marathon in Anaheim. Enjoy your weekend!

San Diego

Estuary Clean Sweep
Bring the family to “clean sweep” the San Diego River’s estuary of trash. Volunteers are needed to walk or ride sections of the 3- mile scenic San Diego River Trail from Dog Beach to the upper San Diego River estuary and remove trash along the way. A limited number of kayaking spots are also available to remove trash from the water. Teams, groups, clubs and individuals are needed for this special event. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, San Diego River Estuary, Free. All ages. Event details.

Target Free Second Sunday
Enjoy NCM for free on the second Sunday of each month, thanks to Target! There will be special activities throughout the day, including the Howe Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest Kick-Off Party presented by The American Heart Association and Bill Howe Plumbing! Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

Sinique’s Secret Garden
Join us for Toddler Time inside of Shinique Smith’s Secret Garden! Listen to stories about colors and then make your own fabric baton to use in a parade through Shinique’s giant maze. Toddler Time activities at NCM are generously sponsored by ScholarShare. Fri., 10:00 am – 11:30 am, The New Children’s Museum, Ages 3 and under. Free with admission. Event details.

North County

Explore Tidepools
Late fall through early spring is an excellent time to explore tide pools, as low daytime tides reveal wider beaches and pools teeming with native marine life such as hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones. Aquarium naturalists will show participants how to tread lightly through these fragile ecosystems and will help them discover the wonderful world of tide pools. Sat., 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Dike Rock, All ages. $15. Event details.

Orange County

Bring the family for a fun day at the cinema with a day of Kidtoons films (G-rated). Sun., 10:30 am, Anaheim GardenWalk, $2.50 per person. All ages. Event details.

Fishing for Kids
Join the folks at Dana Wharf for Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic for 1/2 Day Fishing Trip for kids. One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult! Rental gear is included for the kids too! Sun., 12:45 pm – 7:45 pm, Dana Wharf, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Going outdoors or staying inside?

— Leah R. Singer

Image courtesy of the Dana Wharf Sportsfishing Facebook page.