From science festivals to shamrock shakers, there’s no shortage of fun in Southern California this weekend. Your kiddos can get their green on at the many St. Patrick’s Day festival around town. Learn about science, robotics and rockets as part of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. From gardening days to paper airplanes festivals, there’s fun for everyone.

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San Diego

Shamrock Shaker
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day KidVentures style with leprechaun games, crafts, and fun for the entire family! Games include the Pot O’Gold Toss, Leprecheun Leap, Shamrock Shimmy Dance Off, guest appearances and very yummy dinners available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Fri., 5:30 pm, Kid Ventures, $12/person. All ages. Event details.

Muse Academy of Music Ice Cream Social
The Muse Academy of Music invites you to celebrate Practice Month at the 1st Annual Muse Academy Practice Club’s Ice Cream Social. At the Ice Cream Social, meet instructors, parents, and students, enjoy games and live music, and witness our students and parents being recognized for their hard work, with certificates and a Grand Prize for our Top Achiever. Sat., 6 – 8 pm, Muse Academy of Music: Mira Mesa Location, Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
The parade features floats, the Emerald Societies, marching bands, bagpipe contingents, and more. After the parade, treat the family to Irish fare, live entertainment, Celtic Village and kids’ activities. Sat., 9 am – 6 pm, Sixth and Juniper Streets, Balboa Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Paper Airplane Festival
Make paper airplanes, join contests for the farthest flight distance and longest air time, and be part of the group launch at 2:30 pm. You an also view flying cars designed and built by middle school and high school teams from all over the county at the Fly Your Ride! Competition finals. Sat., 10 am – 3 pm, San Diego Air and Space Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Balboa Park STEAM Family Day
Have a great time learning about science and art at this park-wide event featuring an array of activities, crafts, a butterfly release, storytelling and giveaways. Sat., 11 am – 3 pm, Balboa Park, Free for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.

North County

Super Stem Saturday
Explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with more than 75 demos and science activities such as build-a-robot, rocket launchers, animal encounters and lots more. Sat, 10 am – 4 pm, California State University, San Marcos, Free. All ages. Event details.

Herb Festival and Tomatomania
Get ready for spring by watching a presentation on garden and her-related topics. See lectures on the culture and care of tomatoes, and have fun in the Kidzone with a petting zoo, crafts, activities with plants and herbs, and pony rides. Sat. and Sun., 9 am – 5 pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Purim Carnival at Congregation Beth Israel
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with games, entertainment, food and more. There will be a ferris wheel, face painting, bounce houses, and lots more fun. Sun., 11:30 am – 2 pm, Congregation Beth Israel, Free admission. All ages. Event details.

East County

Explore SDSU
Head to the SDSU campus for the Explore SDSU Family Village for fun for the entire family. Enjoy live music including a performance by Hullabaloo; a bounce house; the Rad Hatter; face painting; balloon artist; and lots of other fun for kiddos. Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, San Diego State University campus, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival
Bring the family out for Irish dance school exhibitions alongside eco-friendly vendors and educational groups and presentations presented by Earth Resource Foundation. Plus free mint green ice cream cones! Sat., 10 am – 4 pm, Orange County Market Place, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

–Leah R. Singer

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