Have you run out of fun ideas to entertain the kiddos at home? Are you ready to get out of the house and enjoy something other than the same old parks and recreation centers? SoCal’s got you covered! There’s Family Friday at Lux Art Institute, Musicians in the Making day, junior park ranger program, and awesome train rides Orange County. Enjoy your weekend!

North County

Family Friday
Stop and take a tour with a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide that promises a fun and interactive journey through the studio. Afterward, take the nature trail down to the Lux Classroom for a hands-on art project led by a Lux instructor. Fri, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Lux Art Institute, $5, Age 4+. Event details.

Wellness Week Festival
This event kicks off the 3rd annual Wellness Week and features dozens of exhibitors offering. Events include free treatments, product samples, health exams, cooking demos, raffle drawings, and tons of activities for the kiddos. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Encinitas Library, Free, All ages. Event details.

Musicians in the Making
Musicians in the Making (MITM) showcases emerging young talent from throughout the San Diego community. Two young musicians are invited to perform by J*Company Youth Theatre and are selected to create programs of high musical quality. Sun, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Lawrence Family JCC, Free. All ages. Event details.

South County

Leave No Trace Ranger Program
Join Ranger Bob for a special camping and hiking class called Leave No Trace. Learn how nature reacts to you, and how you interact with nature. This eye-opening 1-hour class will include some easy hiking, fun games, and role playing. Bring close-toed shoes, sunscreen, and water. The family friendly program is open to all ages and ability levels. Sat., 11:00 am, Otay Lakes Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Train Rides
Enjoy a ride aboard the Orange County Model Engineers miniature train and travel more than three miles of track. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fairview Park, Prices vary. All ages. Event details. 

Ocean Education Center
The Ocean Institute welcomes visitors to enjoy ocean-themed exhibits, view hundreds of living ocean animals, and witness shark and jellyfish feedings. The Institute also offers many exciting programs for children. Sun., 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, Ocean Institute of Dana Point, $4.50 – $6.50, All ages. Event details.

Open Play at Jump ‘n Jammin
Jump ‘n Jammin is open to play. Lots of jumpies, fun and activities for the family. Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Jump ‘n Jammin, $5 – $12, All ages. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer

Image courtesy of Lux Art Institute’s Facebook page.