Although several Christmas-type events and activities commence this month, November in San Diego is also full of fall-themed activities for you and your family. Here are some of our favorite November activities…
Meet in the grass at the Spring Valley County Park for this free, youth Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Dinner Obstacle Course, Giant Turkey Puzzle, Pin The Tail on the Turkey, and much more. You can also enter your name for a chance to win a free turkey dinner. All ages are welcome at this fun and interactive holiday event.
Fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880’s! A day of play and educational fun as history comes alive. Kids pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a blacksmith displaying his trade, and saddle up for an adventurous pony ride.
I wrote this in our copy of Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks book back in 2007:
My wonderful Mallory –
You just turned 17 months old, and last week I read you this book for the very first time. Today, at the book store, I let you wander through the kids’ section. To my shock & delight, you walked up to me holding the store’s copy of this book and exclaimed “fox!” as clear as anything.
How you could possibly have remembered that word and recognized this book on the shelf is mind boggling to me. But now I see clearly that you are going to continue to be a joy and amazement to me!
It is said that reading is the key to success. It’s also said that there is a strong connection between low-literacy and poverty, reliance on public assistance programs, underemployment and incarceration.
Thankfully, illiteracy and low-literacy are 100% preventable, and you and I are able to combat it within our own homes and also within our community.
But I did give away many special, beautiful books that I know can help inspire a love of reading like they did for my kids. And it was a joy to watch moms and kids visit the Words Alive table and walk away with books donated by our family and many others. Words Alive is a non-profit reading advocacy organization that gives away books, leads read-aloud programs and promotes family literacy.
If you have children’s books that you are ready to pass on to another family, I hope that you’ll consider donating to Words Alive. You just might help make another child a stronger reader and better student!
Point Loma Nazarene University invites you to its Annual Fall Festival. Fall Festival activities include wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, food samples from local eateries, music from local musicians and exhibit booths showcasing San Diego businesses, artisans and non-profit organizations. Come out and experience a day of fun, fall-inspired activities for all ages – the young and the young at heart!
Looking for some not-so-scary fun? Visit the Mission Valley Library for a hauntingly good time with Halloween STEAM-powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) crafts and activities. There will be spider catapults, marshmallow bridge building, icky touch-and-feel guessing boxes, a scavenger hunt, and more. This program is suitable for preschool and elementary ages. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. No registration needed.
During Trick-or-Treat on India Street, Little Italy businesses open their doors to make Halloween a safe and special night for our urban-neighborhood children. Pick up a list of participating locations at Piazza della Famiglia, on the corner of India and W. Date Streets!
Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center & Spring Valley Community Center
Beware: If you attend a Halloween carnival at a County community center, you will have a wicked good time. County Parks is hosting family-friendly parties at all three community centers. Come dressed to impress for an evening full of trick-or-treats, music, food, games and prizes.
Balboa Park’s International Cottages will be open for families to visit. Costumes are encouraged. Tricks or Treats are to be expected! Note: Cottages are opened for 5 hours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Some open 11am-4pm while others choose Noon-5pm.
San Diego’s largest free Halloween carnival provides families a fun, safe, and culturally inspired kickoff to their Halloween activities. The Balboa Park Halloween Family Day features dozens of free craft projects for kids, Day of the Dead-themed displays and activities, costume contests and parades, carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, and food trucks.
The fun includes a performance by the San Diego Children’s Choir (all in costume); Day of the Dead altar, face-painting, and crafts presented by the Mexican Consulate; mini-carnival games for prizes, courtesy of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department; a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village Art Center; a rooftop pumpkin drop experiment at the San Diego Air & Space Museum; “Thriller” flash mob dance in the Plaza de Panama; and the Fab Trailers photo booth.Participating museums also offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.
It’s Trunk-or-Treat time again in Tierrasanta! TRUNKS, CANDY, POPCORN BAR, GAMES, and MUSIC make this the perfect, family-friendly event to invite all your people too. Remember to wear your favorite costume and check in to get your free wrist band for a chance to win a giveaway!
Have a howling good time in nature this Halloween season with the return of the Not-So-Scary Estuary Family Discovery Day. Changing Climate is the theme, with performances about sea level rise, a zero-waste activity and animal meet-and-greets. Kids in costume can join the parade with prizes awarded, and more fun inside and outside along the nature center loop trail. Organic fruit and lemonade will be available to guests at no cost. Please park at Mira Costa College.
All ages are encouraged to come decked out in their most elaborate costumes. The daytime festivities will include trick-or-treating throughout the district, music, live entertainment, and other spooky surprises.
Trick-or-treat with some of your favorite Halloween characters at Grossmont’s safe trick or treating event. Special appearance by Ms. Smarty-Plants at 4:30pm where kids will learn about cool, creepy-crawly friends!
Downtown El Cajon and Cajon Classic Cruise present its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Fun and treats for the family.
When it’s all said and done and you’ve got gobs of Halloween candy left over, be sure to visit our sponsor, Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, to unload some sugar for a good cause. Their Annual Candy Buy Back event will take place on November 2nd from 10- a.m. until 4 p.m. $1 per pound / up to $3 per child for the first 50 reverse trick-or-treaters to visit!