For many families, this weekend is a three-day break with kiddos home and needing entertainment. Not sure what to do with the little ones? Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual parade and Multi-Cultural Fair. If your little boy is truck-obssessed (what boy isn’t?), head to Qualcomm Stadium for the Monster Truck Jam. You can also watching kids perform classical music and Pinkalicious, The Musical and The Cat in the Hat in Balboa Park. There’s something for everyone in Southern California this long weekend!


San Diego

Classical Melodies in Balboa Park
Every weekend the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music. Visitors are invited to observe these rehearsals and share the musical journey of student musicians ages 8-25. This is a wonderful treat to enhance any visit to Balboa Park. Sat. and Sun., Casa del Prado, 8:45 am, Free. All ages. Event details.

Monster Jam
Fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to San Diego! Sixteen massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action. Sat., 3 – 10 pm, Qualcomm Stadium, $15-$35/person. All ages. Event details.

Multi-Cultural Festival
Families can enjoy a day at a beautiful downtown San Diego venue while listening to performers and celebrating multiculturalism. The 14th Annual event includes a kids activity zone, story tellers, food trucks, performances by the WorldBeat Center African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Omo Ache Afro Cuban Dance and Music, Children’s African Drum and Song workshop, and San Diego Taiko. Sat., 11 am – 5 pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, Free. All ages. Event details.

Pinkalicious, The Musical
Little ones will be tickled pink by this production based on the beloved book. Enjoy the adventures of Pinkalicious in this musical comprised of young Junior Theatre actors. Sat. – Sun., 11 am, Casa del Prado Theatre, $10-$15/person. All ages. Event details.

“The Cat in the Hat” Production
Meet the funniest and trickiest cat around, The Cat in the Hat. This play is based on the Dr. Seuss book and performed entirely by Junior Theatre actors. Sat. – Sun., 2 pm, Casa del Prado Theatre, $10-$15/person. All ages. Event details.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Join all the celebrations on Harbor Drive for the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Sun., 2 pm, Downtown San Diego, Embarcadero Marina Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets to this event that celebrates the patron saint of animals. The day also includes a pet expo and activities for pets and people. Sun., 12 – 3 pm, Old Town San Diego Historic Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Weaving for Kiddos
Weaving is hip! Kids can make their own loom with an old frame and some nails and learn the basics of weaving using recycled fabric. Materials included in price. Sat., 10 – 11 am, Kindred Work + Shop (Temecula), $15/person. 5 – 12 years old. Event details.

South Bay

Bird Watching
Take your kiddos on a Bird Watching nature adventure they will love! Get the chance to see the Peregrine Falcon, Savannah Sparrow and other birds and ducks. Sat., 9 am – 1 pm, South Bay Salt Works, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Truck Touch – Park Ranger Palls
What is a park ranger’s life? Come find out by visiting Pretend City as local park rangers from OC parks join us to share their experiences. Park rangers risk their lives to make our parks safe and help preserve them for the future. Kids will discover what it takes to be a park ranger, gain some tips and resources for visiting the parks, and learn what they can do to protect and preserve our national heritage. Fri. 11 am – 12 pm, Pretend City, $12.50/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Eva Cristescu via Flickr