Local Events

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* U.S. Sand Sclupting ChallengeU.S. Sand Sclupting Challenge

In addition to checking out the exciting sand sculptures, kids will enjoy playing in the sandbox, taking sand sculpture classes, Bubble Fun, European Bungie and more! Click here for details.

* Julian Apple PickingJulian Apple Picking

The first apples of the season are ready in time for Labor Day weekend. Gravenstein apples are ready for UPICK at Volcan Valley Apple Farm. U-Pick Bags $12 each hold 6-7 lbs. Admission $2/person. Cash or Credit. All other U-Pick Apples starts September 13

* Open Farm DayOpen Farm Day

Oasis Camel Dairy is open for tours and an animal show featuring talented talking parrots, galloping, gobbling turkeys, dedicated farm dogs and of course, their BIGGEST stars... camels. Click here for details.

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* Julian Apple PickingJulian Apple Picking

The first apples of the season are ready in time for Labor Day weekend. Gravenstein apples are ready for UPICK at Volcan Valley Apple Farm. U-Pick Bags $12 each hold 6-7 lbs. Admission $2/person. Cash or Credit. All other U-Pick Apples starts September 13

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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* Pajama StorytimePajama Storytime

Mira Mesa Library presents Pajama Story Time with stories and a relaxing time with “furry friends” (stuffed animals) at 6 p.m. Show up in your pajamas! This week's book is Goodnight Moon.

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* Free Family Yoga ClassFree Family Yoga Class

Join Cheyenne at Te Mana Cafe on the first Friday of the month for a FREE community Ohana Yoga class. 9:30am

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* The Art of Cartooning FREEThe Art of Cartooning FREE

Kids 8 and under with their parent's help will learn the art of cartooning for free at Rancho Peñasquitos library for free. Other upcoming cartooning events include October 14 (Halloween), November 18 (Frozen II) and December 9 (Winter Holidays). click for details

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

* Hayride & Hullabaloo PlaydateHayride & Hullabaloo Playdate

Head on over to Rancho Guejito Vineyard for a morning playdate with wine-loving moms and kiddos who love Hullabaloo. Shop hand crafted wares and take a free hayride (with wine purchase). Click here for details.

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* Toddler Time @ Birch AquariumToddler Time @ Birch Aquarium

Summer is over and it's time to enjoy some favorite local attractions minus the crowds. Award-winning author and performing songwriter Kathryn the Grape will engage your senses during Toddler Time at Birch Aquarium by weaving together yoga movement, music, affirmations, and more. You and your magical younger ones will feel refreshed with Kathryn the Grape’s mindful and joyful morning of activities designed for all ages to enjoy together. Free with admission. Click for details.

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* Astronomy NightAstronomy Night

Join the San Diego Astronomy Association on Saturday, September 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a free family-friendly evening of star gazing at the Mt. Helix Park Amphitheater. Click here for more information.

* FREE Kids SoccerFREE Kids Soccer

SHOOT and SCORE big for your child’s next activity with Soccer Buddies Open House event! Click for details.

* Early Morning BirdingEarly Morning Birding

How cool! El Monte County Park in Lakeside is recognized as a birding hotspot with an impressive array of birds. Join Ranger Arnold, an experienced birder, to catch those winged creatures in action! We'll take an easy, 2-hour walk through the park before the gates are open to the public. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged. Click for additional details.

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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* Art & Activities at the CanyonArt & Activities at the Canyon

FREE and fun event every third Wednesday of the month! Smile with friends at Kid's Art & Activities from 1:30-3:00 at Tecolote Canyon. Join Miss Marla, the awesome Rangers and volunteers to explore nature and creative crafting. Click here for details

* Lil Tritons ClubLil Tritons Club

Del Mar Plaza invites moms and tots to a free morning of music and crafts. Hullabaloo performs from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Plus, kids eat free immediately after the show at II Fornaio & Pacifica Del Mar

* Stranger Danger for KidsStranger Danger for Kids

Simon the Safety Bloodhound from the San Diego Sheriff's Department will talk about how to stay safe at the Santee Library. Free for kids grades K-4. Watch the fun video about this program here:https://vimeo.com/85461305

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* Nature Story & CraftNature Story & Craft

Children ages 5-10 are invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park Ranger, Heidi, for a nature story, followed by an arts-and-craft project related to the theme of the story. Meet at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s picnic shelter (across from the restrooms) on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. This program is FREE, but space is limited, so please be sure to RSVP by calling 619-668-3279.

* Apple Crafts for KidsApple Crafts for Kids

Headed to Julian for apple season? Stop By Town Hall for an easy to do apple craft for the kids to make and take home to remember their day in Julian. FREE! Click for details.

* Animals @ the LibraryAnimals @ the Library

Come see a FREE and amazing animal show at Zovargo's award-winning program for a fun and educational animal-filled experience! click for details

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* Hullabaloo on the WaterfrontHullabaloo on the Waterfront

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! Thank you cpmgsandiego, East San Diego Soccer Shots G3Kids and The Super Dentists for bringing the kid-friendly pre-show activities starting at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6.

* Touch-a-Truck LakesideTouch-a-Truck Lakeside

Hands on for kids and adults alike! Climb up and sit in the cab of some of the biggest and baddest hard working trucks and large machinery around! Bring the whole family. This year is going to be bigger and better with some surprises in the plan. click for details

* Family Discovery WalkFamily Discovery Walk

Visit Mission Trails for a Family Nature Walk and help your children discover the wonder and beauty of Nature! These walks highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Fall is when some trees in the park lose their leaves, but the stately oaks remain green and produce acorns. Some special wildflowers bloom only in fall, and migrating birds begin to arrive. Free! Click for additional details.

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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* Kidz Rise ConcertKidz Rise Concert

Nathalia's unique bilingual approach to songwriting has made her a prominent voice in the world of children's music. Nathalia's children's music is a great tool for teaching children Spanish, and she has been a featured guest on Univision's 'Despierta America', CBS's "The Talk' and a number of parenting blogs and online radio stations. Nathalia's catchy songs are produced in a number of different musical styles and written with the whole family in mind! click here for details

* Cabrillo FestivalCabrillo Festival

The FREE Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The highlight of the Cabrillo Festival is the re-enactment of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s landing on the shores of San Diego Bay in 1542. Click for more information.

* Fall Maker FestFall Maker Fest

Skip the scary Jack-o’-Lantern and make these fun pumpkins at Michael's instead! Buy the craft pumpkin, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided. Kids can make a clay pot scarecrow project for free. Click for reservations.

* Kids' Fishing DerbyKids' Fishing Derby

Considered one of the best fishing derby's around, this 20th annual event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. In addition to being able to use equipment and fish for free, kids also have the chance to win prizes for the biggest catch. Free lunch is provided following the derby. Kayaks, pontoon and peddle boats available to rent on beautiful Lake Cuyamaca. Click here for details.

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* Museum MashupMuseum Mashup

Join 10 participating museums for hands-on activities, live entertainment and lots more in honor of October kids free month. The family fun includes arts/crafts, games and an even an up-close animal encounter with the Living Coast Discovery Center. Click here for details

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