Welcome to that funny part of November that’s just after Halloween but before Thanksgiving and the holiday craziness happens. But you can still have fun this Veteran’s Day weekend by attending a variety of events in Southern California. Get creative at The NEW Children’s Museum for the Target free second Sunday. Go on a nature walk around Mission Trails Regional Park. Moms can enjoy some much-needed pampering at the Sharp Women’s Health Conference. Or get some holiday shopping done early at Bates Nut Farm’s “Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

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. Fri. – Sun., 7:00 pm, Mission Hills United Church of Christ, $7 – $10, All ages. Event details.

Day of the Dead in Sherman Heights
This community-wide event takes place over the course of a few weeks, with workshops on how to make clay masks, day of the dead makeup, and Yeso skulls. Activities include a community breakfast, Muertos Festival, processions, and alter tours. Fri., times vary by day, Sherman Heights Community, Free. All ages. Event details.

Guided Nature Walks
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. Sat., 9:30 – 11:00 am, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free, All ages. Event details.

Target Free Second Sunday
Enjoy The NEW Children’s Museum for free on the second Sunday of each month, thanks to Target! Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free, All ages. Event details.

Sharp Women’s Health Conference
Moms can enjoy a fun and informative day out at the Sharp Women’s Health Conference. The day includes yoga and workouts, continental breakfast, keynote addresses, lunch, breakout sessions, free health screenings, gift bag, informative breakout sessions on health, fitness, and lifestyle, opportunity drawings, pampering booths,  and much more. Sat., 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, $45. Adults only. Event details.

North County

Silly Sing Along
Bring the kiddos to Java Mama and drink coffee, read the paper and relax while the young ones dance and sing to live children’s music.  Some of the kid’s favorite songs include Alice the Camel, You are My Sunshine, 5 Little Monkeys and more. Sat., 11:00 am, Java Mama Cafe, Free with $3.50 play pass. All ages. Event details.

“Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair
Start your holiday shopping early at the Bates Nut Farm “Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. More than 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food while you shop. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Bates Nut Farm, Free, All ages.Event details.

18th Celebration of Music Education Concerts
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents two special concerts each year to honor the dedicated music educators in our region and celebrate the importance of music education in the lives of our youth and the entire community. SDYS is proud to offer complimentary concert tickets to all music educators in San Diego County. Sun., 1:00 – 9:00 pm, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, $25/$20/$10, All ages. Event details.

Orange County

After School Adventure: Native American Adventure
Journey back in time to adventure through a world with no stores, television, or homework, all while staying right here at the Environmental Nature Center. Just imagine! On a trip through our center, adventurers will discover how local Orange County Native Americans hunted, used important plants and had fun! Fri., 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach), $10, 6 – 12 years. Event details.

Art and Nature Family Festival
The first Art and Nature Family Festival will feature a variety of interactive art, nature, and science activities, environmental information booths, live music, and face painting. Activities include clay pot making, sea change collage, aquarium on wheels, sea life game, scavenger hunt, and much more. Sun., 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Laguna Art Museum, Free, All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of The NEW Children’s Museum Facebook page.