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You may have just moved to San Diego, moved from one area of the county to another, or perhaps your child isn’t doing well at his school and you’re looking for alternatives. If so, check out our Spring Education Directory on page 26. If your kids aren’t already involved in sports, see what our writer, Kristen Castillo, says on page 16 about the benefits of kids playing, how to get started and several different types of sports. There are more afterschool activities in our Arts & Sports Guide on page 20. Family Magazine has pulled together a great Valentine’s Day Round-Up on page 54. Have fun showing your love and then continue it everyday. How many ways can you tell your family how much they are loved?

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Is your child’s backpack too heavy? Heavy backpacks can cause injuries and low back pain that often last through adulthood. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) offers these tips for kids who tote books to and from school. • Select a backpack that is the correct size for your child: the height of the backpack should extend from two inches below the shoulders to waist level (or slightly above the waist). • Wear padded shoulder straps on both shoulders so the weight is evenly balanced. • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and balance materials so the child can stand up straight. • Wear the backpack’s hip belt (if available) to improve balance and reduce strain on neck and shoulders. • Be sure the backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of the child’s bodyweight. If it weighs more, leave some supplies at home or school to lessen the load. If the backpack is still too heavy, consider a book bag on wheels. Learn more at www.aota.org/backpack.

Don’t Miss the Winter Olympic Games! Tune in to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea from Feb 8-25 for exciting events in skiing, figure skating, ice hockey and much more. Don’t miss the opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9. Find detailed information and schedules at www.nbcolympics.com or www.pyeongchang2018.com. Get in the spirit of the 2018 Olympics and learn a little about Korean culture through food! Taste traditional cuisine at one of San Diego’s popular Korean restaurants in or near the Convoy District in Kearny Mesa. Try Friend’s House Korean, Dae Jang Keum Korean BBQ, Manna Korean BBQ, Buga Korean BBQ or Taegukgi Korean BBQ.


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How to choose the right sports for kids Tyler Sheridan started playing

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Benefits Whether kids practice hitting, dribbling or tumbling, they learn a lot about themselves. “We know sports teach kids things beyond the rules and activity on the court. We know it translates into real life,” says Coach Amy Cleveland, president of San Diego Sol, a basketball club offering teams, clinics and camps for boys and girls ages 5–18. Sports help kids learn athletic skills as well as good character traits. “The biggest benefits are building confidence in trying something new, participating as a team, [having a] sense of belonging and meeting new friends,” says Courtney Pendleton, Association Director of Public Relations & Communications for YMCA of San Diego County. San Diego Sol Basketball www.sandiegosol.com YMCA of San Diego www.ymca.org

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Think about health and safety factors. Does the sport pose any health risks for the child? For instance, a child with asthma might do better swimming than doing a sport that requires running. Consult your pediatrician with questions.

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gymnastics and more. They also have a six-week sports program where toddlers can try a variety of sports. “The focus is not on winning, but rather character development, having fun and basics of the game,” says Pendleton. “Naturally, if a child shows a keen interest in a sport, it makes it easy to try. But trying something new is also great for development of the whole child.” Ease into sports to help children get adjusted and learn the basics, such as rules of play. “Look for programs that are not really intense and see if they like it,” says Cleveland, noting San Diego Sol’s Pee Wee Program for kids ages 5-7 includes one practice and one game per week. “We range from beginners to advanced,” she says. “We teach everyone.” Cleveland urges parents not to push their kids. “Sit back and enjoy the game,” she says. “Be a support on and off the court and listen to your kids. I want parents to enjoy the process because it goes fast.”

Things to Consider Sheridan encourages parents to ask experienced families about the culture of the sport they’re considering, including whether it’s recreational or competitive. Even though most sports have a season, there may be calls to play in off-season tournaments, clinics or camps. Kids may want to join travel teams in the offseason, which costs more. Sheridan says parents also need to consider the schedules of other family members, including siblings who may want to play sports, too.

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Catch a game or performance. Go to your local park on a Saturday to watch soccer; get tickets to a dance recital; catch a high school basketball game; or go to a college or professional game. Watch YouTube. Type a sport’s name and a question, like “how to do karate” or “what is flag football” into Google. Note to parents: Watch videos before your child does, in case something is inappropriate or dangerous, such as a failed stunt. Take a field trip. Check out local museums and exhibits about sports. The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center offers tours where kids can learn about BMX, archery, track and field, and other sports. The Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center at the San Diego Central Library is a treat for baseball enthusiasts. The California Surf Museum in Oceanside may inspire youngsters to catch a wave. Afterwards, hit the beach to watch surfers in action. Learn from the pros. The San Diego Padres offer five-day baseball camps for kids ages 5–12 during the summer. The San Diego Gulls offer a “Learn to Play Hockey” program, a four-week primer for first-time players ages 4–12.

Sport Options You may already know about popular sports such as swimming, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer and hockey. Here are lesser-known sports: Archery - Individuals use a bow to shoot arrows at a target. Aquatics - Includes swimming, diving, rowing, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and more. Cheer - Involves dancing, jumping, tumbling and stunts. Dance - Characterized by movement and choreography. Includes ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, hula and more. Fencing – Learn skill and endurance as two participants engage in modern swordplay. Field Hockey - Two teams play on a field using curved sticks trying to hit a ball into the opponent’s goal. Flag Football - Instead of tackling, players are downed when opponents pull their flag, which is attached to a belt. Golf - Individual or team sport; players use a club to hit a small ball into a series of holes on an open-air course. The winner uses the fewest possible strokes to finish. Kids as young as 6 can start. Karate - A martial art that uses hands and feet for defense. Lacrosse - Team sport where players throw, catch and carry a ball with a longhandled stick that has a shallow net. Rugby - Team sport where players can kick, carry or pass the ball hand-tohand. Tennis - Two or four players use rackets to hit a ball over the net. Kids can start at age 3. v Kristen Castillo is an award-winning freelance writer and Chula Vista resident whose favorite sport is baseball.


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Free heart screenings are held every couple months. The next scheduled screening is at Torrey Pines High School on March 25. To learn more, register and access the required screening forms, visit www .epsavealife.org. Paredes-Greeson encourages parents to allow youth to fill out the cardiac questionnaire for the most accurate answers.

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sophomore year at Steele Canyon High School in 2009 when he collapsed on the kitchen floor. Eric’s father, Hector Paredes, started CPR, but it was too late. Eric passed away at age 15 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). They discovered he had an undetected heart condition. “Just because your child doesn’t show any symptoms, doesn’t mean your child’s heart is healthy,” says Eric’s mother, Rhina Paredes-Greeson. Most teenagers are not screened for heart abnormalities during pre-participation sports physicals or annual well-child exams. That is why Eric’s parents started the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. The foundation provides free heart screenings to youth and young adults ages 12–25. Screenings are held all over San Diego County. “The biggest satisfaction for me is that we are detecting all these kids who are at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We are preventing these kids from dying,” Paredes-Greeson says. She is

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quick to emphasize, however, that SCA can happen to anyone—it’s not limited to athletes. The screening includes a health history review, an EKG, a consultation with a cardiologist and an overview of CPR. It takes about an hour. If an abnormality is found, it is recommended students visit their own doctor for further testing. “It doesn’t hurt and it’s not invasive,” says Paredes-Greeson. “It’s well worth it.” Sarah Thompson, the foundation’s executive director, said the goal of the foundation is not only to prevent SCA, but to ensure schools have necessary equipment and resources to help save students: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), along with CPR and AED training for staff and students. An AED is a portable device that treats SCA. It checks heart rhythm and sends an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Since the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation began, it has hosted 42 free heart screenings across the county. Nearly 26,000 teenagers have been screened so far. Through the screenings, they found 439 people with previously undiagnosed heart abnormalities and 189 at risk for SCA. Eric never had the chance to graduate from high school and live out his dream of becoming a police officer. The Parades family takes pride in knowing their nonprofit organization provides hope for other children and families. v

The foundation is hosting a 5K on February 3 at NTC Park in Liberty Station to support the Screen Your Teen program. Register at www.epsavealife.org/5k. Melissa Mecija is a freelance writer and mother of two. She is also a reporter/ anchor for 10News, the ABC affiliate in San Diego.


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The earlier parents play and communicate with children in a positive, inclusive and inquisitive way, the sooner their brains are trained to problem solve and learn to develop healthy relationships with peers. Kindergarteners are expected to understand turn taking, waiting and sharing. These skills are best taught at the dining table and during basic game play. Modeling empathy and fair play at home supports success in the classroom; and a child with strong and happy parental attachment will have greater success at being away from home. “Social-emotional readiness is more important than academics in child development,” says Mary Moser Cooper, a therapist and a respected authority on early childhood. Moser Cooper recommends parents

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visit www.zerotothree.org to learn toddler milestones and supports for purposeful play. So, what are the best ways for parents to prepare children for kindergarten? Jan Garon, a TK (transitional kindergarten) and kindergarten teacher in San Diego Unified School District, suggests the following:

Read Reading is the single most important thing a parent can do with children. To prepare kids for her class, Garon suggests parents ask questions while reading. “Ask your child, ‘What do you think happens next?’ Give them time and space to answer. Parents jump in too fast,” says Garon. Let them imagine, help them understand the story timeline and instill a belief that their opinions count.

Interact “Singing the alphabet song is a waste of time,” Garon says. Children need to recognize letters in and out of sequence. More importantly, they need to recognize the sound each letter makes, which enhances reading ability and sounding out complex words with multiple syllables. “Teach lowercase letters, too,” Garon adds, “because 85 percent of the letters we read are

lowercase.” Many toys and visual aids only feature uppercase letters. Colors and shapes are best learned contextually. Consider asking children to name items that are round or shaped like a circle, rather than asking them to identify a two-dimensional line image of the shape. Ask children to name all the green items they can think of instead of showing them a leaf and asking them what color it is. When it comes to number sense, understanding that 10 objects signify a group of 10 is more important than how high a child can count. As with letters, understanding numbers out of sequence is important. Garon says a child who understands that seven comes before eight, and that four objects equal the number four, is further ahead than a child who can simply count to 50 from rote memorization.

Practice Kindergarteners need to know how to safely handle a pencil sharpener, scissors, pencil and crayons. Have children practice cutting with safety scissors, play with mega blocks and dig tiny toys out of Play-Doh. These activities help build finger strength and hand coordination required for most kindergarten tasks.


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innovative online and homeschool programs. Our online program utilizes a number of curriculum partners and tools which provide rigorous instruction. Our homeschool program provides various curriculum choices for parents who desire to be more involved in all aspects of their child’s daily education. Compass is a smart choice for families seeking a flexible education. See p.39 Dimensions Collaborative Charter School 877-300-8299 www.mydehesa.org Kindergarten through 12th Grade DCS (Free, K-12, WASC accredited) has served families throughout San Diego County since 2001. We create customized learning plans based on our students’ academic interests, goals and talents. Various resources are available to support student autonomy through independent, social and real-world environments. See p.33

San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools Oceanside, National City, 760-295-1117 www.sdnh.org TK through 12th Grade Parents who choose homeschooling enjoy the advantages of spending quality time with their children, participating in the learning process, and guiding their child’s education in a way that fits with their own personal style and beliefs. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools offers a TK-12 charter homeschool program. See p.27 Soaring Minds 619-512-1946 www.soaringmindsedu.com Ages 6+ At SME, we strive to give our homeschool students some of the best educational opportunities that San Diego has to offer. Our students enjoy a full program that includes classes and workshops involving science, art, theatre, martial arts, soccer, Spanish, math, Lego building, sewing, photography, swimming, and much more. See p.23


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SOUTH BAY Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter School Chula Vista, 619-301-2075 davincicharter.org Kindergarten through 6th Grade LdVCS is an accredited independent public charter school. We provide a positive and nurturing student-centered learning environment. We teach the whole child providing a well-rounded education that extends beyond the basics. Our students learn and practice what it means to be healthy in a supportive project-based learning context. See p.35 Montessori American School Multiple locations, 619-422-1220 www.montessoriamerican.com Preschool through Kindergarten Montessori American creates a nurturing and loving environment where your children can learn at their own pace while maximizing their potential. Students learn math, language, science and geography through hands-on activities. Enrichment classes in Spanish, art, art history, yoga,

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EAST COUNTY Montessori Discovery School Santee, 619-449-1187 www.montessoridiscoveryschool.org Ages 2 to 6 years Open 7 am - 6 pm. We are dedicated to providing a joyous, challenging, safe preschool experience. Enrolling now for Summer and Fall. See p.35 SmartSteps Preschool La Mesa & Fletcher Hills 619-668-5700 x6480 www.lmsvschools.org We offer a nurturing, child-centered environment using play-based learning that will enhance development through exploration, discovery and guided learning. Curriculum is based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Instruction is organized thematically and developmental standards are addressed through planned learning activities that capitalize on “teachable moments.” See p.21

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Christ Church Day School Coronado, 619-435-6393 www.ccds.org Jr. Kindergarten through 6th Grade For 60 years, Christ Church Day School has been guiding students to become academic and well-rounded young people with a solid foundation in both the classroom and in society. CCDS provides a rigorous curriculum as well as specialty classes including PE, music, art, spiritual nurture, and Spanish. Contact CCDS to enroll your student for next year! See p.31

Imagination Station Scripps Ranch, 858-586-7834 www.scrippsperformingarts.com Ages 3.5-5 years Imagination Station is a performing art centered, enrichment workshop for young girls. Our talented and gifted teachers integrate a curriculum of math, science, reading, music, dance, and imaginative play. Through the creative vehicle of musical theatre, this fun-filled workshop provides an educational balance that enriches each child’s approach to learning. See p.3

City Tree Christian School Downtown, 619-232-3794 www.citytree.org Preschool through 8th Grade City Tree integrates academic excellence with Christian values. Small class sizes, art, music, technology enrichment learning, band, drama, Spanish language instruction, athletics and educational trips are hallmarks of our outstanding program. We provide a safe, stimulating environment designed to meet our students’ academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs. See p.35

Mission Bay Montessori Academy University City, 858-457-5895 www.mbmacademy.com Age 2 through 6th Grade We pride ourselves on blending a traditional Montessori approach with a rigorous academic environment. From two years old through sixth grade, we match the child’s interest and ability to learning materials. We educate the whole child, expanding their education to include specialty classes like science, music, computer, art, Spanish, Chinese, and PE. See p.46

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Newbreak Playschool Ocean Beach, 619-241-2910 www.newbreak.org/playschool/ Preschool Newbreak Playschool is centered around fun, creativity and faith. Children have a wonderful curiosity and naturally absorb the world around them. Newbreak Playschool is an inviting space for your child to safely explore, discover and grow. We offer the most flexible schedule to meet each family’s unique needs. See p.35 Renaissance Village Academy Scripps Ranch, 858-564-9622 www.rvaschool.org Pre-K through 8th Grade We meet the needs of gifted, highly motivated students in a caring environment. Our teaching format maintains high academic standards and adapts to the interests of our students. The student’s needs, not age, determine placement in each subject. Our schedule is designed for the working parent; children complete work with experienced teachers. See p.35


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for civil rights and racial equality in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s is important for children to learn about. But milestones in The Civil Rights Movement often involved violence, so you’ll want age-appropriate books that tell the story. The best titles also spark a child’s interest to learn more. Here are books in two age groups that shed light on important people and issues from the movement. Pick them up to read aloud or recommend to independent readers.

AGES 5 TO 8 We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy This book tells how a song with origins in slavery captured the yearning for freedom from oppression, and how it came to be associated with racial justice not just in the U.S., but around the world. The back of the book features a timeline of key events in the song’s evolution.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport Using excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches, Rappaport paints a portrait of a little boy who was taught that he was “as good as anyone,” and who grew up to inspire a movement towards racial equality. A timeline lists important dates in his life.

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis This book of poems highlights 17 people from around the world (wellknown figures and lesser-known activists) who sought to break race, class and sexual equality barriers. Biographies add details to the lives of featured leaders.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson Hendricks was only 9 years old in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called on children to march against unjust laws. She was the youngest person to be arrested during the protest and she spent a week in jail. Hendricks’ story inspires children to believe their actions can make a difference. cont.on p.34

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Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell This documentary novel tells the story of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, who were forbidden to marry across racial lines or live as a married couple in Virginia during the 1950s. They sued the state and ultimately won when their case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Historical documents and quotes from officials underscore the larger struggle for civil rights taking place at the time.

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught A biracial girl in Oxford, Mississippi uncovers the segregated history of the town she lives in, seeing vast differences between the past and present. She also solves a mystery about her grandmother and the riots that occurred when the first black student enrolled at Ole Miss. v Cindy Hudson writes about books, reading and family literacy at www.MotherDaughterBookClub.com.

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This is the first article in a two-part series. Check back next month for STEM-themed experiential learning trips for kids.

Road Schooling is a way to educate children “on the road” — a trend for adventurous families who love travel. But a yearlong commitment isn’t required to expose kids to the benefits of hands-on learning.

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It turns out the travel bug doesn’t stop biting when we become parents. How far would you go to scratch the itch? In 2015, Suzanne and Mitch Rutledge left their jobs to spend a year traveling the world with their secondgrader. With the support of his school and help from the Internet, the family gave Luke an incredible education on the move—and it wasn’t as challenging as they expected! Suzanne, who wrote a book about the experience (see inset), says learning opportunities came organically when the family pursued activities they all found interesting. From volunteering with elephants in Thailand to nature hikes in New Zealand, they had a blast making the world their classroom. “It means a lot more if you’re doing things hands-on, and seeing things in real life, than if you’re reading things in a book,” says Rutledge. If a trip around the world isn’t in the cards for your family, Rutledge recommends walking tours, cooking classes and museums. She says her family’s greatest takeaway from their trip was to slow down and interact with people they met along the way. “The relationships we built while moving slowly were the most meaningful to us,” says Rutledge.

“Education is not just learning things and seeing things, it’s investing in those relationships.” If you’re ready to take your child’s education “on the road,” check out a few of southern California’s best spots for experiential learning. These culture and history field trips can be done in a day or over a weekend.

Riley’s Farm Oak Glen, CA This working apple orchard two hours northeast of San Diego offers Adventures in The Old World on Saturdays. Step back in time to a colonial farm and interact with costumed living history professionals as they offer guided demonstrations. Hands-on activities rotate and might include archery, candle dipping or blacksmithing. The farm also has “Glam Camping,” a fascinating and immersive historical experience. Guests stay in a colonial marquee tent furnished with a fourposter bed and cots for children. Deluxe packages include meals and period clothing to wear during your stay. Don’t miss the annual Colonial Faire, held Saturdays in July. The farm transforms into an 18th century New England village. Enjoy music and theatrical performances, sword duels, classic sports and more. Hawk’s Head Publick House offers authentic fare year-round. Tea time and living history dinner shows are available. Learn more at www.rileysfarm.com.

Not ready to fill the gas tank? Get a history and culture fix within city limits: San Diego History Center: The San Diego History Center offers engaging, family-friendly exhibitions that tell stories of San Diego’s past, present and future. www.sandiegohistory.org Timken Museum of Art: The Timken collection includes paintings by American, European and Russian artists. Located in Balboa Park. Admission is free. www.timkenmuseum.org Old Town: Plan a day at San Diego’s favorite historical site. Museums and restored buildings within the park are free to explore. Kids love the old schoolhouse—the first public school in San Diego County. Visit www.parks.ca.gov and search for Old Town San Diego. Cabrillo National Monument: Spend time exploring the cultural and natural history of our city. Don’t miss the lighthouse, visitor’s center, fascinating living history events and the Annual Cabrillo Festival (fall). Fee is $10 per vehicle. www.nps.gov/cabr

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While traveling, the Rutledge family arranged for Luke to visit classrooms around the globe. He studied with students from Melbourne, Jaipur and, as seen here, Nairobi. Suzanne says this was an excellent way for Luke to learn how different cultures approach classroom learning. Pick up a copy of Suzanne’s Book, “From the Rut to the Ledge” to learn more about her family’s epic road school adventure around the world. It’s both a memoir and a travel guide. She includes a list of favorite attractions and tips for world travelers with children. February 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com •

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Los Angeles, CA Explore Japanese American culture at this engaging museum. Book a group tour to learn the art of origami and enjoy a Taiko drumming presentation. Or visit Chado Tea Room on site for tastings and educational demonstrations. Exhibits give special attention to the immigration experience and forced incarceration during WWII. A reassembled internment barrack provides an important discussion opportunity for young visitors. The museum is located in LA’s Little Tokyo; the perfect setting to immerse your family in the sights, sounds and tastes of Japanese culture. Closed Mondays. Learn more at www.janm.org.

GRAMMY Museum

Los Angeles, CA Explore the cultural and historical significance of American music at this immersive and interactive museum. Rotating exhibits showcase music artists of all eras and genres. See artifacts like Michael Jackson’s red “Thriller” jacket and watch film reels of memorable Grammy performances. Music production buffs won’t want to miss the museum’s studio experience, where guests learn firsthand the joys and challenges of creating recorded music. Plan your visit at www .grammymuseum.org. v Check back next month for STEMthemed road school ideas. Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She loves to explore San Diego with her kids.


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Macy’s Museum Month

From Feb. 1-28, discover what’s new at more than 40 museums in the county with half-off admission! From historians at heart to entertainment seekers, there is something for everyone at participating museums including the USS Midway Museum, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Natural History Museum, The New Children’s Museum and more. Pick up a free Museum Month pass at your nearest Macy’s store. www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

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Say “ahoy” to adventure filled with death-defying acrobats, flying trapeze artists, daredevils, comedians and more! Also, don’t miss the pre-show where children can create their own magic under the big top. Through Feb. 5 at Westfield Mission Valley; Feb. 8-19 at Westfield Plaza Bonita; Feb. 22-March 5 at Westfield North County in Escondido. Tickets at www.circusvargas.com.

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Turn to page 44 for Valentine’s Day events the whole family will love!

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thursday | 1 “Shen Yun.” Journey through 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture in this spectacular production that combines ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops. Today, 2 pm at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Also, tomorrow, 7:30 pm; Feb. 3, 2 & 7:30 pm and Feb. 4, 1:30 pm at San Diego Civic Theatre. For ages 5 & up. For tickets, visit www.shenyun.com/sd.

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“Around the World in 80 Days.” Follow fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg as he circles the globe lurking with danger, romance and comic surprises at every turn! Through Feb. 4; visit website for schedule and tickets. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach. www.northcoastrep.org. 

FREE Chinese New Year Festival. Cultural performances, lion dances, Chinese cuisine, calligraphy, crafts and more. Today & tomorrow, 11 am-5 pm. International Cottages, Balboa Park. www.houseofchinasd.com; www.sdhpr.org.

friday | 2 FREE Friday Night Liberty. Meet working artists, watch dance, theatre and music performances, and visit museums and galleries during this monthly art walk in Point Loma. 5-9 pm. www.libertystation.com.

FREE Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby. Fishing, entertainment and prizes abound at this annual event for ages 15 & under. 6 am-noon; awards ceremony, 1 pm. Participants must check in at the registration table before fishing. 14644 Lake Poway Rd., Poway. www.poway.org; 858-668-4772.

Monster Jam. This action-packed, motorsports event for families returns with bigger trucks than ever before to battle it out through speed, racing, stunts and demolition! Come early for the Monster Jam Pit Party pre-show (2:30-5:30 pm) to view your favorite trucks up close. 7 pm. Tickets start at $15. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.tickets.com.

Plan fun-filled family adventures all year long with Out & About! Find the expanded digital edition at www.sandiegofamily .com/things-to-do/ out-about. Kids’ Wild Night Out. Go wild with Dr. Zoolittle and a few animal pals! See amazing critters, play games and make crafts, and enjoy a snack. 6-10 pm. $37. For grades K-5. Reservations required. San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park. www .sandiegozoo.org; 619-718-3000. Miniatures Show & Sale. Explore all things tiny at this annual event featuring exhibits, classes and workshops for DIY crafters, artists and collectors of dollhouse-size miniatures. Today, 10 am-5 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm. $2-$8. Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr. www.sdminiatureshow.com.

FREE San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

Usher in the Year of the Dog with a remarkable showcase of live cultural performances, Chinese and other Asian cuisines, lion and dragon dances, cultural displays and children’s activities at this annual celebration. Feb. 24 & 25, 10 am-5 pm. J St. & Third Ave., downtown San Diego. www.sdcny.org.

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Share the love at these local events that celebrate the month of hearts! FREE Make Your Own Collage Valentine with artist, June Rubin. Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 pm. All ages welcome. June Rubin Studio, 2690 Historic Decatur Rd. #214 (Barracks 19), Point Loma. www.junerubin.com. Family Night: Make Valentine Mailboxes. Feb. 7, 6-7 pm. $3 per mailbox. Recommended for ages 3-12 and immediate family members. Register online. Civic Center Park, 3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net. Oceanside Valentine’s Week. Enjoy romantic ferris wheel rides at the beach, horse and carriage rides along the Strand, an outdoor screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Valentine Family Bike Ride along the San Luis Rey Bike Trail, the Sweetheart Sunset Market and more. Feb. 8-14. www.oceansidevalentinesweek.org. FREE Buzzing Valentine Mailbox Craft at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Feb. 10, 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com. Valentine Teas at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Invite a loved one to tea with sweets and sandwiches. Feb. 10 & 11, 1 & 3 pm. $15. For reservations, visit

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Oceanside Valentine Ride website. 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido. www.sikesadobe.org. FREE Crafternoon: Valentine’s Day Crafts for the whole family. Feb. 10, 2-3 pm. Lemon Grove Branch Library, 3001 School Lane. www.sdcl.org. FREE Shopping in the Heart of IB. Featuring Valentine’s Day gift ideas, live music and dance, yummy eats and kids’ activities. Feb. 10, 10 am-4 pm. Sports Park Rec Center, 425 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach. www.facebook.com/ events/134722137184395. Valentine’s Cruises by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Spectacular bay views, delicious food selections from special Valentine’s Day menus and music for dancing. Champagne brunch cruises on Feb. 10, 11, 17 & 18; Valentine’s weekend dinner cruises on Feb. 10 & 11. www.hornblower.com. Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1-Mile Run. Get your heart pumping at this event that offers finisher medals for the 10K and 5K participants, an awards ceremony, live music, an expo, a post-race party and more. Feb. 11; 1-mile run, 7:30 am; 5K & 10K, 8 am. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr. Fees and registration at www.valentinesday10k.com. Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert. Live performances by the museum’s own

1st Edition Jazz Band, as well as teen musicians, Carlos Alvarez and Serena Geroe. Feb. 14, 7-9 pm. $30-$40. Benefits the museum’s MusicVentures student tour program. Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org. North Park Daddy-Daughter Dance. Girls, grades Pre-K through 12, are invited to spend a fun evening with their fathers at this event that includes a red carpet entry, DJ, photo booth and refreshments. Feb. 16, 6-9 pm. $5. North Park Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St. To register, go to www.sandiego.gov/parkand-recreation/centers/recctr/northpark or call 619-235-1152. FUNBelievable Play’s Valentine’s Disco. Kids can boogie the night away while parents enjoy a romantic date night. Feb. 16, 5-8 pm. $20 per child; includes drink and snack. Call to reserve your spot. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com. SEA Days: Ocean Love. Love is in the air (and the ocean) this month! Meet experts from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and explore this time of year when whales are calving, fish are spawning and birds are nesting. Feb. 17, 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.


Calendar • February FREE Ms. Smarty-Plants and the Magic of Water. Become a Ms. SmartyPlants Earth Hero to save our most precious resource, water! Journey with magic and music through the water cycle, conservation, plant adaptations and more. 10-11 am. Birdwing Open Air Classroom, 2775 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Register at https://magicofwater.eventbrite.com.

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FREE First Wednesdays: Jessica Fichot. Listen to an eclectic array of music performed by this L.A.-based chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist. 4 & 7 pm. Tickets handed out on a first-come, firstseated basis. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org.

Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota Xanadu 7D Theater at Belmont Park. This interactive, multiplayer gaming adventure lets you feel the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of a stateof-the-art laser blasting game all in one! Open daily; visit website for hours and fees. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. www.belmontpark.com. FREE MOPA’s Juried Youth Exhibition: Defining Boundaries highlights the work of local students, grades K-12, that explores the theme of “boundaries” through photography and video. Through Feb. 27. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. Pay What You Wish admission. Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park. www.mopa.org. “Shen Yun.” See Feb. 1.

monday | 5 World Nutella Day Visit the Children’s Nature Retreat where you can come face to face with more than 100 domesticated livestock from around the globe, and watch interactive presentations. Through Feb. 15, 10 am-5 pm; Feb. 16-March 31, 10 am-6 pm. $15-$25; under 2 free. Visit website to book your visit. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www.childrensnatureretreat.org.

The Sky Tonight: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars & Black Holes. Learn all about these exotic stellar remnants in an astronomer-led planetarium show. 7 & 8:15 pm. $14.95-$16.95. For ages 5 & up. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.

thursday | 8 Nature & Me Story Time: Birds. Budding naturalists embark on an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and exhibition visits. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.

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Toddler Tuesday Presents Little Baker Caper! Spend the morning making and tasting some sweet treats. 9 am-noon. $15 per child (accompanying adult free); includes treats, drink and play time. Please bring an apron. FUNBelievable Play, 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com.

Lunar New Year Tet Festival. Games and carnival rides, lion dances, food booths and more. Tonight, 5-10 pm; tomorrow, 11 am10 pm; Feb. 11, 11 am-8 pm. $4-$6; ages 2 & under free. Also, free admission for those born in the Year of the Dog (please bring your ID). SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley. www.lunarnewyearfestival.org.

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Calendar • February Floating Strings: The Remarkable Story of the Harp Guitar in America. Explore the history of the harp guitar, from its beginnings in Europe to its current status and use in the United States today. Through April 29. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org.

saturday | 10 FREE Discovery Table: Bird Beaks. Study a wide variety of beak shapes and sizes, and learn how a bird’s beak defines its wearer’s lifestyle. 10 am-1 pm. Visitor Center Lobby, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org. Kids in the Garden: Plants, Seeds & Spring Planting. 10 am-noon. $5. To pre-register, call or email farmerjonesavbg@gmail.com. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr. www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org; 760-822-6824.

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Mardi Gras. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play! 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com/pno.html.

racing championship in the world! Also get unprecedented access to the world’s most elite athletes and their teams at the pre-race Pit Party (opens at noon; $10 at the gate). 7 pm. Tickets start at $20. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.tickets.com.

FREE Family Activity at Renaissance Village Academy: Learn Cribbage. Discover how to play this fun card game. 3-5 pm. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. www.rvaschool.org.

FREE Paper Theatre Festival. This exhibit and festival highlights replicas of Victorian era paper theatres as well as modern versions of the toy. Also, watch live performances and make paper optical toys. Today & tomorrow, noon-5 pm; Feb. 12, 9 am-1:30 pm. Seuss Rm. of Geisel Library at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla. http://libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/events.

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld features cultural performances, culinary delights and a Chinese acrobat show. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, SeaWorld offers a Puppy Garden where guests can cuddle with adorable dogs while learning about adopting animals from local shelters. Today, tomorrow, Feb. 17-19; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com. Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Get revved up for the most competitive off-road motorcycle

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sunday | 11 Target Family Day. Enjoy a day of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for only $3! 11 am-4 pm. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org. San Diego Sockers Home Games. Experience indoor soccer at its finest, and cheer for the San Diego Sockers as they play against Soles De Sonora today at 5:05 pm. Also, Feb. 22, 7:35 pm (vs. RGV Baracudas). $12-$33; ages 2 & under free. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. www.sdsockers.com. FREE International Dance Festival. Live performances, dances from around the world, and vendors of food and dancerelated items. Noon-5 pm. Balboa Park Club. www.idasdc.org.

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Welcome Aboard the USS Midway Museum. Bring the whole family to view more than 60 exhibits throughout this historic aircraft carrier as well as 29 restored aircraft. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. $10-$23; under 5 free. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org.

tuesday | 13 Mardi Gras FREE Family Read & Play Day. Today’s book is My Dadima Wears a Sari that features the culture and customs of India,


Have you fed a zebra today? and reinforces the themes of love and the importance of family. 10:30-11:30 am. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. www.sd.kroccenter.org.

Feed, touch … connect. Come visit for a special “time-out” in the world of nature.

wednesday | 14 Valentine’s Day “LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension.” In this new 4D film, Master Wu prepares the ninjas to take on the teachings of the mysterious “Scroll of the 4th Dimension,” but disastrous consequences strike and Kai, Nya, Lloyd, Zane and Cole find themselves in a heap of trouble for not only them, but the whole universe. Showing daily; visit website for park hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com.

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thursday | 15 Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at theNAT? The building holds 8 million specimens – animals, plants, fossils, insects and spiders, minerals and gems – in storage areas underground and behind gallery walls. Here’s your chance to take a rare peek in this extraordinary exhibit! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.

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Chinese New Year Vietnamese New Year FREE Vietnamese New Year Festival. This annual Tet festival showcases authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing, the Cultural Village, firecrackers, carnival rides and entertainment. Tonight, 5-10 pm; tomorrow, 11 am-10 pm; Feb. 18, 11 am-5 pm. Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St. www.sdtet.com. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in Concert. Watch the movie on a 40-foot screen while listening to the San Diego Symphony’s 80-person orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

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Calendar • February Tonight, 8 pm & Feb. 18, 2 pm. Visit website for tickets. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org. “A Little Princess.” Catch this delightful production based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel. Tonight, tomorrow & Feb. 23, 7 pm; Feb. 18 & 25, 2 pm; Feb. 24, 2 & 7 pm. $18-$20. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista. www.cytsandiego.org.

saturday | 17 FREE Birding at Mission Trails. Join MTRP birders for an avian adventure from the Gate 9 causeway and beyond. Winter provides the best birding with many migratory species to be found. 8-10 am. Binoculars and bird book recommended. Meet in the dirt parking lot at corner of Bushy Hill Dr. & Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. www.mtrp.org. FREE Roots Series: The Philippines. Storytelling, music and dance performances, plus crafts that showcase the rich culture of this country. 2-4 pm. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org/roots. 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Take a stroll with your pooch at the San Diego Botanic Garden, and enjoy treats (for both dogs and people), pet products and valuable info for dog lovers. 8-11 am. $21-$32. Register online. Benefits San Diego Botanic Garden & Rancho Coastal Humane Society. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.

sunday | 18 Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum. See colorful exhibits with an

interactive treasure map, take a docent-led tour, participate in a hands-on art project and more. Noon-5 pm; Family Gallery Spotlight at 1:30 & 3:30 pm. $5 per family. Balboa Park. www.mingei.org. Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California. This exhibit highlights Saint Phalle’s print series, Californian Diary, and celebrates her iconic monument, Queen Califa’s Magical Circle (located at Kit Carson Park), using sketches, photos and film documenting its creation and implementation. Through March 4. Visit website for hours and admission. The Center Museum, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org. Lunar New Year at SeaWorld. See Feb. 10.

monday | 19 Presidents Day Citizen Science Family Day. Become a citizen scientist and explore our natural world through crafts and activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org. FREE In the Park Series: Ocean Fun. Themed activities for the whole family. 10 am-noon. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr. www.poway.org.

tuesday | 20 Love Your Pet Day FREE Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India. The exhibit uncovers the original sources of the gems decorating these pieces, their religious and cultural symbolism, and the historical tradition of gemology in India. Mon.Fri., 8 am-4 pm. By appt. only. Gemological

Institute of America Museum, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. www.gia.edu/gia-museum.

wednesday | 21 Indonesian Shadow Puppets. See approximately 30 puppets which depict heroes and heroines, demons and pranksters in the great Hindu epics as well as local gods and mythical objects. Through March 18. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. $7-$10; ages 5 & under free. Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park. www.mingei.org.

thursday | 22 “ABBA MANIA.” Relive the music of ABBA courtesy of this acclaimed touring ABBA production. Listen to all your favorites including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All and more. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $32. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. at E St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegotheatres.org. FREE Family Arts & Literacy Connection Series: A Telling Experience. Acclaimed master storyteller David Novak presents an evening of myths and tales, and artists Mayra Chavez and Sarah Cusey show families how to make Family Story Tiles. 6:30-8 pm. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6605 University Ave., San Diego. www.artsforlearningsd.org. San Diego Sockers Home Games. See Feb. 11.

friday | 23 “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Don’t miss CYT San Diego’s production based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales and the classic animated film. Tonight & March 2, 7 pm;

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Pet Pals: Dog Training 101. Children, ages 6-11, learn about friendly critters in this monthly program that includes a lesson, activity and animal interaction. 4:30-5:30 pm. $10. Reservations required. San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus, 5500 Gaines St. www.sdhumane .org; 619-299-7012, ext. 2256. “Seussical the Musical.” Dr. Seuss characters like Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all the Whos of Whoville are brought to life by a young child in this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Tonight & March 2, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 pm; Feb. 25 & March 4, 4 pm; March 3, 2 & 7 pm. $18-$20. CPMA Performing Arts Center, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego. www.cytsandiego.org.

saturday | 24 MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing the scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity! Opens today; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.

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CYT San Diego’s “Peter Pan.” Soar high in this timeless adventure about a boy who just won’t grow up. Today & March 3, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow & March 4, 2 pm. $18-$20. The Heritage Center, 1868 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.cytsandiego.org. Adventure Day Sail Aboard San Salvador. Spend a few hours aboard the magnificent replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on Sept. 28, 1542. Noon-4 pm. Visit website for tickets. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org/tickets. FREE Encinitas Branch Library’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Be part of this anniversary bash with lots of fun activities for all ages. 10 am-4:30 pm. 540 Cornish Dr. www.sdcl.org. Read and Romp. Travel with your family through the pages of storybook favorites. This


annual fundraiser also features book-themed crafts, story time, music and more. 9 am-noon. Visit website for tickets. Recommended for ages 8 & under; all ages welcome. McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. www.rorsd.org. FREE Lunar New Year Celebration. Learn about the tradition of Lunar New Year as you listen to Chinese music, make crafts and munch on traditional snacks. 2-4 pm. Lemon Grove Branch Library, 3001 School Lane. www.sdcl.org. FREE San Diego Chinese New Year Fair. See page 43.

sunday | 25 FREE Family Discovery Walk. MTRP trail guides connect little ones to a world of exploration and beauty. This winter outing focuses on how rain awakens plants from the dormant stage and brings early flowerings. 3-4:30 pm. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org. “BEAT QUEST! A Musical Journey Through Rhythm, Time & Place.” Bring the whole family to this concert to experience a diverse array of beats from different parts of the world. 2 pm; pre-concert activities start at 1 pm. $10-$25; ages 2 & under free. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org. FREE Ukulele Sing/Play Along. Kids and families can explore the ukulele in this interactive concert. 2-3 pm. Lorax Lounge of Denny Sanford Children’s Library, Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegolibrary.org. Circus Vargas: “Dreaming of Pirates!” See page 42. “A Little Princess.” See Feb. 16.

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Calendar • February tuesday | 27 Winter Whale Watching. Encounter some of the most magnificent creatures on earth courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events. Meet docents from theNAT who will provide whale facts, enjoy views of the San Diego skyline and see dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Daily, 9:30 am & 1:30 pm. $21-$47; under 3 free. 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com.

wednesday | 28 “Incredible Predators.” From the mighty blue whale to the resourceful Darwin’s bark spider, experience the thrill of the chase, the great escapes and the determination of nature’s predators in this 3D film. Through May 28; visit website for schedule and admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.

Weekly Activities Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

saturdays/sundays Young Scientists: Making Music. A hands-on preschool science program for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Classes meet on Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 9-10 am. Also, Sundays, 11 am-noon. Next session starts Feb. 1. $85 per session. Preregistration required. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org. FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am. Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org. FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com. Ride the Golden State in Campo. Revel in the rugged backcountry scenery of San Diego County on this one-hour train ride on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. $9$18; under 3 free. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St. www.psrm.org. FREE Nature Walks at Silver Strand State Beach. Spot animals and plants

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in various habitats of the state beach. Sundays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Activity is free; there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.

FREE Toddler Yoga. Stretch and play story time for toddlers. Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Please bring your own yoga mat. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a caregiver. Cardiff-by-the-Sea Branch Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. www.sdcl.org.

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Garden Arts & Crafts. Wednesdays, 1011:30 am. Free with admission. $8-$14; ages 2 & under free. For ages 1-6. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.

FREE STEAM Monday. Discover science, technology, engineering, art and math at this event for grades 1-5. 3:30 pm. Poway Branch Library, 13137 Poway Rd. www.sdcl.org. Little Learners Series: Little Yogis. Specialized yoga instruction for ages 18 mos.-3 yrs. that includes music, story time, movement, snacks, private access to the Tot Studio from 9:30-10:30 am, plus all-day access to the museum. Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26. Adult/child pair $120. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org.

tuesdays Residents FREE Tuesdays. San Diego City and county residents, and active military and their dependents receive free admission on rotating Tuesdays at Balboa Park’s museums. For schedule, visit www.balboapark.org. Toddler Tales & Tunes. Play in the garden, delight in preschool stories and songs, and pot plants to take home. Tuesdays (except first Tues.), 10 am-noon. Free with admission. $8-$14; ages 2 & under free. For ages 1-4. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.

wednesdays FREE Chinese Story Time. Kids, ages 5-11, can learn about the Chinese culture through music, crafts and stories in Mandarin and English. Wednesdays, 3:30 pm. Lakeside Branch Library, 9839 Vine St. www.sdcl.org. Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com.

FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. See Saturdays/Sundays.

thursdays FREE Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Explore natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. www.trnerr.org. FREE Preschool STEAM Story Time. Little ones, ages 3-5, listen to tales and songs as they learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Thursdays, 10:3011:15 am. Lakeside Branch Library, 9839 Vine St. www.sdcl.org. Trains, Paints & Plants. See motormanengineer James run his special trains, pot plants and make a nature-themed craft. Thursdays, 10-11 am. Free with admission. $8-$14; ages 2 & under free. For ages 1-6. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org. Young Scientists: Making Music. See Saturdays/Sundays.

fridays Mac’s Kids Corner. This weekly story time brings a book to life with operating trains, paints, puppets and more. Fridays, 10 am. Free with admission. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org. Want us to spread the news? Send us an event, class or weekly activity you would like included in our magazine. Please email jenny@SanDiegoFamily.com and include the name of the event or activity, a brief description, event address, date, time, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the April issue: March 1.


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San Diego Family Magazine February 2018  

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San Diego Family Magazine February 2018  

The Arts and Sports must-read issue. Celebrate Valentine's Day!