Family Fun in February

February is one of my favorite months in San Diego! There are minimal crowds, fabulous deals, exciting events, and overall spectacular weather. Some of our favorite, local events also take place this month. Our event calendar is packed full with family fun, as usual, but a few of our top picks in February are listed below.

 

San Diego Museum Month

Feb 1 – 29, Participating Museums

Oliver’s favorite museum is the Fleet Science Center!

Hopefully you are already familiar with this amazing annual promotion, and this is just serving as a reminder to you, but if you’re new to San Diego Museum Month…well, well, well…you are in for a treat!  San Diego area residents (and visitors) can pick up a Museum Month discount pass at any of the libraries, Macy’s stores, or Hilton hotels listed at the bottom of this link. The pass is free, covers up to 4 people, and can be used at several museums throughout the month. Present your pass at any participating museum to receive 50% off the cost of admission!

Wondering which museum to check out? Here are a few of our favorite museums to visit with kids:

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Museum of Making Music
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat)
The New Children’s Museum
USS Midway Museum

 

 Monster Jam! 

February 1 & 15, Petco Park

Monster Jam is such an exciting, action-packed family adventure!

This is one of our favorite, action-packed events ever, and this year I can’t wait to take my truck-loving 21-month old along with us! This month, Monster Jam returns to San Diego for two high-octane events featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Monster Jam is the big leagues of motorsports competition, where 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes who drive them tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats. Engineered to perfection, the legendary Grave Digger®, Max-D™, El Toro Loco® and many more push all limits in Freestyle, 2 Wheel Skills Challenge™ and Racing competitions. testing their agility, speed and versatility.  The 2020 season is highlighted by four San Diego debut truck appearances including the including the first-ever diesel-powered truck BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) plus EarthShaker, Wolf’s Head and Saigon Shaker.  From unbelievable action to unexpected thrills, this is full throttle family fun!

Brick Fest Live® – LEGO® Fan Experience

February 15 & 16, Del Mar Fairgrounds

Baby Levi in awe over the LEGO castle at Legoland!

The #1 Touring LEGO Event in the country is coming to our city!  Over A MILLION LEGO® Bricks are On Display and Ready for Play! LEGO® lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live® LEGO® Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.
Hands-on LEGO® Attractions and Activities Include:
•Neon City and Glow Gallery: See LEGO® art shine under black-light and add your custom creations to the most unique LEGO building experience Brick Fest Live!
•Brick Fest Speedway: Build, Race, and Win! Watch your custom-built LEGO® derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-tracks!
•Guinness World-Record Setting LEGO Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live’s Mystery Mosaic.
•Inspiration Stations: Add to mind-blowing, life-sized LEGO® builds and make them your own with more LEGO® than you’ve ever seen.
•Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO® video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO® title head-to-head.
•Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.
•Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO® bricks, create your own mosaic tile and be part of the show!
•Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from the many merchants in attendance.

Daniel Tiger Live

February 29, Balboa Theater

At 5.5 years old, Daniel Tiger is STILL one of Oliver’s favorite shows ever

“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved PBS KIDS television series are hopping aboard Trolley to San Diego with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Along with “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger and many more, Daniel Tiger will take live audiences on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with music, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

 

Kid’s Night Out!

Multiple Dates & Locations

Oliver and his buddies, Mikey and Charlie, enjoying their time at KidVentures

OK did you know this is a thing? You can DROP. YOUR. KID. OFF at several of the top, kid-friendly hot spots around town, and head out for…whatever you want! Multiple venues such as the San Diego Zoo, Kidventures, The Playground, San Diego Gymnastics, the Fleet Science Center and more, offer a Kid’s Night Out, which typically happen on Fridays or Saturdays anywhere from 4-10pm. Costs vary, but typically run about $25-$60 per child (most offer sibling discounts) and include dinner, snacks, movies, games, activities and endless fun. Win win for everyone involved! Check out our local events calendar to find a Kid’s Night Out that works for you…there are even a few happening on Valentine’s Day!

Fave 5 ~ Week of January 20

Sometimes I love having nothing on my calendar for the week…no birthday parties, no must-do events, no family or friend commitments. The week of January 20th is NOT one of those times, and I’m ok with it! After a couple of weeks settling down from the chaos of the holidays, and a few more days to get back into our school and work routines, we are ready for all of the adventures that San Diego has to offer again. Our local events calendar is always packed full of ideas and suggestions, but here are the top 5 on my list this week!

 

San Diego Restaurant Week (180+ locations!)

January 19 – 26

My husband and I scootered to our last SD Restaurant Week date night and had a BLAST!

San Diego Restaurant Week makes the cut as a must-do this week because it is such a fabulous opportunity to A) discover a new family-friendly restaurant (or perhaps revisit an old favorite) and/or B) get out on that much needed date night with your partner! Whichever route you take, it’s a great way to dine out on a budget, and there are so many wonderful participating restaurants. A few of our kid-friendly faves are Bo Beau’s in La Mesa,  C-Level, Cafe Coyote, Del’s Hideout (pro-tip: Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays), and Stone Brewing in Liberty Station. And if you need suggestions for a great date night spot, check out Bleu Boheme, Antica Trattoria, Flagship or Hornblower Cruise, or Mister A’s!

Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party (Pechanga Arena)

January 23 – 26

Taking Oliver (age 2) and our friend, Lacey, to Disney on Ice in 2016!

We’ve gone to Disney on Ice every year since Oliver was 2, and each year, that magic in his eyes grows bigger and bigger! Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats.  An exciting participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be playing at Pechanga Arena San Diego from January 23rd – 26th!

Finger Painting Friday at the New Children’s Museum

January 24

Levi and Gavin have fun painting with water at the museum

Toddler Time at the New Children’s museum happens every Friday morning at 10am, and is included with your museum admission. This toddler program “values the whole child and supports healthy bodies and minds, with music, movement and social play for young children.”  This Friday, bring your toddler down to the museum for some messy, art-making fun.  Finger painting is an immersive art experience that allows children to be completely creative with their work. Better yet, caregivers don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess!

 

Grossmont Center’s 2nd Annual Snow Day

January 25

Levi and Weston get a snow day!

If you didn’t make it to the mountains to see the snow this winter, don’t fret…there is snow in the La Mesa forecast this weekend 🙂  Join us for a SNOW DAY at Grossmont Center on Saturday, January 25 from 11am to 3pm! Tammy from John & Tammy in the Mornings will be hosting this FREE event filled with snowy fun & games for the whole family! Plus, we’ll have your chance to win Mountain High lift tickets.

 

SeaWorld’s Lunar New Year Celebration (& Firework show!!)

January 25 & 26

Photo cred to SeaWorld.com/San-Diego

You won’t want to miss SeaWorld San Diego’s one-of-a-kind Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an incredible Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights. Dig into the Asian-inspired offerings of Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more.

While this festival takes place both this weekend and next, you wont want to miss the special fireworks show on January 25th! Also, don’t forget that annual pass holders have ONE FREE TICKET to use before the end of February!

Fave 5 ~ Week of January 13

There is something about 2020 that just feels…good. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is, but all around it seems as if spirits are high, and hopes & dreams feel more attainable. And it sure doesn’t hurt that San Diego has near-perfect January weather, giving families the opportunity to get outside and hit those New Years goals with the ground running. With sun in the forecast each day this week, there is no excuse to sit behind a closed door. Why not pack a picnic and take a nature walk, bring the family down to the harbor for a parade, or even hop on a camel’s back?? As usual, there is plenty to do in San Diego’s Finest City this week, and here are 5 of our favorite picks this week! And if marching bands and spitting camels aren’t your thing, you can always head over to our local events calendar for a full list of family fun!

 

Family Read & Play Day at Joan Kroc Center

Tuesday, January 14th @10:30am

This FREE, monthly event encourages young children (ages 5 & under) to read, by offering a story time, playtime with the imagination playground, and a free book for every child to take home.

 

Family Movie Night (Peter Pan) at Waypoint Public

Tuesday, January 14th @ 5:30pm

This month’s feature is Peter Pan! The show starts at 5:30, admission is free, there’s a kids’ buffet, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Friends of Jefferson Elementary, the foundation that supports educational and enrichment programs at North Park’s neighborhood public elementary school.

 

Tecolote Nature Center – Kid’s Art and Activities

Wednesday, January 15th @ 1:30pm

Soar off into 2020 as we make new friends, learn about nature and have fun making crafts. Everyone is welcome to this free event! Head over before or after for a nature walk with your little one, or bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees.

 

Oasis Camel Dairy – Open Farm Days

Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th @ 12:45pm

Once a month, the Oasis Camel Diary opens its doors for public farm days. Starting at just $8 (children ages 3 & under are free), meet and feed the animals, check out the games and exhibits, and enjoy the 1:30 bird and animal show. Plus, get a selfie with a camel, and even catch a ride on one! This is such a fun, inexpensive San Diego experience!

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Sunday, January 19th @ 2pm

Bring the family down to Harbor Drive on the Embarcadero, and join in on the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal bands, Drill Teams, College Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, and Peace and Youth Organizations.