Whales, boats and cooking in the garden. These are just a few events happening in Southern California this weekend. Bring the family to the San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival and catch a glimpse of sea life. Try hands-on cooking demos at the Olivewood Gardens compound. Or check out boats and more boats at the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. And if outdoor activities is not how you want to spend the weekend, take the kiddos to Disney on Ice’s Rockin’ Ever After show. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

San Diego Sunroad Boat Show
San Diego Sunroad Boat Show is back by popular demand. Hosted by the Sunroad Resort Marina, the annual tradition will be expanding this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several larger vessels. Attendees will also be able to enjoy free boat rides for adults and kids, food, music, beer and spirits, making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay. Thurs. – Sat., times vary by day, Downtown San Diego Sunroad Marina, Free for kids 12 and under/$12 for adults. All ages. Event details.

Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After
Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to San Diego! A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom. It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to San Diego! Wed. – Sun., times vary by day. Valley View Casino Center, $17-$65/person. All ages. Event details.

San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival
The San Diego Whale Festival is a family community event offering a wide variety of interactive and hands on displays to spark the interest of any child including a walk-through gray whale, live sea creatures, face painting, a kids art mural coloring project, a festival train ride and a bounce house. Sat., 11 am – 3 pm, Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Hang Out with Ronald McDonald
Snack on a Happy Meal and have fun with Ronald McDonald and enjoy magic, songs, games and prizes! Sat., 1 pm, McDonald’s on Scripps Poway Parkway, Free. All ages. Event details.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Walks are free, open to the public with no reservations required, and will accommodate the physical or special needs of the group. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring along water. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Walk canceled if raining. Sat., 9:30 – 11 am, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Kids in the Kitchen
Kids will enjoy cool activities in the Children’s Garden at Olivewood Gardens. Little chefs will be able to participate in and view hands-on cooking demos. Reservations are required. Sat., 10 am – 1 pm, Olivewood Gardens, Free. Ages 6 – 13. Event details.

Orange County

Truck Touch – Ambulance Adventure
Visit Pretend City Children’s Museum to experience the CHOC Children’s Hospital Mobile Intensive Care Unit (ambulance). Kids will get a hands-on experience with the vehicle and learn about the dedicated team of nurses, respiratory therapists and other medical staff who provide lifesaving care needed by these little patients who are moved to CHOC. Fri., 11 am – 12 pm, Pretend City, $12.50/person. All ages. Event details.

Bring the family for a fun day at the cinema with a day of Kidtoons films (G-rated). Sun., 10:30 – 11:30 am, Anaheim GardenWalk, $2.50/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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