Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of fun, family events in Southern California. The first weekend of November brings a Family Day Book-a-Palooza, Wacky Science at the Natural History Museum, a kid’s production of “Annie,” a Renaissance Festival, and the annual Fall Back Festival. Don’t forget to set your clocks back!


San Diego

Friday Night Liberty
Bring the family out for the first-Friday event, featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 pm, NTC Promenade, Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Day Book-a-Palooza
Family Day will be packed with activities, entertainment, and learning experiences for the whole family. Kids are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities including: Kid Zone, with activity stations including an obstacle course and crafts. The Book Nook will be open where families can spend some quiet time and read a book to their child. The TARGET stage will feature performances by the Mama Doni Band and hear readings from authors. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Wacky Science Sunday
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus Wahoo! for Wacky Science Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal hands-on science! Sun., 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm, San Diego Natural History Museum, Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Fall Back Festival
This festival offers historical and cultural education for the whole family. Children can witness a blacksmith demonstration, pan for gold, and create their own Native American sand painting.  They can take a pony ride, experience a Wild West shoot-out, and experience history from the many cultural booths present and on display. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Downtown San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Pacific Children’s Theater Presents “Annie”
Leapin’ lizards, its Pacific Children’s Theater’s production of ANNIE JR. the musical! Annie melts the heart of Warbucks and charms the whole mason staff! Together, Annie and Warbucks foil the evil plans of Miss Hannigan making them inseparable. Join Annie, on this fun-filled adventure of one of the most beloved musicals in history. Come see its flamboyant cast of characters and enjoy classic tunes like “Hard Knock Life”, “Tomorrow” and “NYC.” Fri. – Sun., 7:00 pm, Mission Hills United Church of Christ, $7 – $10, All ages. Event details.

North County

Escondido Renaissance Faire
The Escondido Renaissance Faire takes you and your family to the era of Queen Elizabeth the First and 16th century England. You will be entertained by people in period costumes, reenactments of battle scenes, The Queen’s Parade, Pirates Cove, a children’s treasure hunt and games, and more! Don’t miss the children’s entertainment near the food court, as well as the children’s treasure hunt. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Felicita Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

The Art of Nature
In a creative endeavor to incorporate the arts with nature and science education in public open space, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park are excited to announce a new program, The Art of Nature. Create art from nature using natural materials found in the San Dieguito River Park. Participants will collect materials along the trail during an interpretive hike. Once materials are collected, we will return to make art. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, San Dieguito River Park Headquarters, $5 (members free). All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

–Leah R. Singer

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