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Fave 5 ~ Week of July 22nd

Close out July with festive live music, surf excitement, pony rides and carousel fun!

Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista

Wednesday, July 24th at 6:15 p.m. 

Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

Twilight in the Park celebrate 39 years of free concerts with a beautiful evening of Mexican, authentic live music with Ballet Folklórico. Free and fun for the whole family!

National Carousel Day

Thursday, July 25th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 3rd annual National Carousel Day in Balboa Park with food, musical performances, face painting, and FREE carousel rides! Performances and entertainment will include Hullabaloo and Kathryn the Grape with kids music, J7 Productions with circus acts, Ms. Twisty (balloon artist), coloring activities, and so much more! Festivities will end at 3 p.m., but free rides will continue until 5:30 p.m.

Super Girl Surf Pro Event

Friday, July 26th from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Oceanside Pier

This free 3-day festival is packed with a world-class surfing competition including #1 ranked Carissa Moore & Bethany Hamilton, 20 live concerts, DJ contest, autographs with the pros, celebrity meet-and-greets, festival village with giveaways & more.


Family Day @ the Del Mar Races

Saturday, July 27th  from 1 – 6 p.m.

Del Mar Race Track

Family Fun on the Del Mar Racetrack infield including free pony rides, a game zone, face painters, a giant obstacle course and more!

Hullabaloo at the Waterfront

Sunday, July 28th from 5 – 7 p.m. 

Waterfront Park

The perfect way to end your weekend – – bring the whole family, throw down a picnic blanket, and enjoy the happy tunes of Hullabaloo as the sun sets over San Diego Bay. FREE! CPMG, East San Diego Soccer Shots G3Kids and The Super Dentists for bring the kid-friendly pre-show activities starting at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6.

Apollo Palooza ~ Celebrating the First Apollo Moon Landing

This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking humanity’s first steps on the moon. San Diego history and STEM-loving families have several awesome ways to celebrate thanks to our science and air and space museums.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin works near the lunar module, the Eagle, during the mission.(Image: © NASA)

The RH Fleet Science Center is hosting a day full of out-of-this-world films, exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations to commemorate the occasion.
Their Education Department is offering a Junior Science Club session for students in 1st through 4th grade that is focused on lunar exploration. Students will learn about the solar system and space exploration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required for Junior Science Club. Call 619-238-1233 to RSVP.

At 12:17 p.m., the Fleet will launch a super secret surprise in honor of the Moon Landing anniversary that promises to be “high flying.” Click here for more details about the Fleet’s moon landing celebration.

Photo credit: RH Fleet Science Center Facebook page

Where could be a more appropriate place to experience the history of Apollo 11 than at the San Diego Air & Space Museum? The museum will be open during regular business hours on July 20 and  re-open at 6:00 p.m. for its newest exhibition, “EUREKA: An Interactive History of Science.” The celebration will feature family-friendly interactive activities, simulators, and the 3D/4D movie theater.

“The Day We Walked on the Moon” will air in the Pavilion of Flight at 8:30 p.m. and is free with paid general admission, free for museum members and for Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders. Visit the Air & Space Museum’s event page for more information.

Can’t make it to this Saturday’s festivities? Check out NASA’s live page for highlights of events happening all across the country and a replay of the original Apollo 11 footage from July 20, 1969.


Fave 5 ~ Week of July 15th

Comic-Con craziness starts this week, but life goes on as normal for San Diego families with lots of lower-key fun at our museums, in our libraries and outdoors in farms and gardens…


Mini Comic Con

Tuesday, July 16th from 3-5 p.m.

Lakeside Library, 9839 Vine Street

Free for all ages and with refreshments provided, the Lakeside Library presents its “Mini Comic Con.” Meet local comic creators, explore booths, get free books and posters, play video games and games. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite character for a costume contest!

Wild Wonders

Thursday, July 18th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mission Valley Library

Tame your child’s curiosity for wildlife at this interactive live show at the Mission Valley Library. Fun for children ages 3 and older and FREE!

Moon Landing Anniversary

Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

RH Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park

It’s been 50 years since the U.S. took the “giant leap for mankind” and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The Fleet Science Center is celebrating all day with out-of-this-world films and by launching a special surprise in honor of the Moon Landing anniversary at 12:17 p.m. While details can’t be revealed at this time, they guarantee high-flying fun!

Insect Festival

Saturday & Sunday, July 20th & 21st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Kids 12 & younger are free and invited to view and even touch creepy-crawlies including live insects, spiders, lizards and snakes. Families can make insect-inspired crafts to take home, and try to stump bug experts by asking them your toughest questions.

Family Farm Day

Sunday, July 21st from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. 

Wild Willow Farm in Imperial Beach

Connect with your family in nature at this special farm event for children ages kindergarten and up. Play farm games, plant in the children’s garden, visit with animals, enjoy arts and crafts and more.


Need even more fun? Visit our online calendar of local events to see what else is happening.


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