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Congratulations to Parker of Mira Mesa and to Jeshuah and Anaiah of North Park, who were winners of our back-toschool photo contest on Instagram! Follow us @ sandiegofamilymagazine and keep an eye open for our next photo contest, which will be announced at the end of October.

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Skate Rising, sponsored by Exposure Skate, is a free monthly event designed to inspire confidence and compassion in girls ages 4–18 (brothers welcome). Girls participate in a service project, centered on a monthly theme. Then, they challenge themselves at a skateboarding clinic run by local pros. “My daughter always wants to help people, but doesn’t know how sometimes,” says Julie Daniels, who accompanies 9-year-old Quinn to events. Skate Rising gives Quinn the knowledge and tools she needs to serve her community in an impactful way. Each event begins with an ageappropriate presentation to educate kids about the issues their service activity will address. Founder Calli Kelsay recently gave a talk about bullying and rallied the girls to stand up for kindness at school. They also learned about students in the community who lack resources to buy new school supplies. After the talk, they worked together to fill backpacks for those kids in need. “What we try to do is give these girls opportunities, the skill set and the confidence to recognize they can be

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demos from professionals. We also have classes for ages 13-adults, MondayThursday. Learn how to write, draw, collaborate and create. See p.28 NEISHA’S DANCE & MUSIC ACADEMY Liberty Station & Eastlake, 619-585-1133 ND&MA encourages kids to lead inspired lives through dance classes and music lessons. Dance offerings: ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, funk, acro, choreography and dance teams. Music offerings: piano, voice, guitar, violin and cello. More fun: Kids Night Out and Preschool for the Arts! See p.25

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SCRIPPS PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY Scripps Ranch & Carmel Valley 858-586-7834 We offer a creative and nurturing environment that instills core-strength, mental focus, and emotional intelligence. Classes are led by professional, qualified coaches. See p.19 SEW INSPIRED Encinitas, 760-908-7853 Our foundational and fun afterschool sessions are a wonderful, weekly experience for creative kids. Wednesday and Thursday classes. Only 20 spots available, sign up early! See p.23 SUPER SPANISH San Marcos, 760-510-9639 Our Afterschool Program provides 100% Spanish immersion activities designed for elementary age kids. Group-based activities develop conversational skills and fluency. We also focus on developing excellent reading and writing skills. Students learn through games, songs and other fun and interactive activities. All classes taught by experienced, nativeSpanish speaking teachers. See p.41 v

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Last year the club attracted a team of 16 girls ages 9–12. They traveled across the Hockey became the first all-girls club country to compete and made it to ice hockey team in the county. Coach the championship games in two Alex Morrison was inspired by the “Girls ice hockey tournaments. They won a silver growing number of girls playing players have one of the medal at the San Jose MLK in local leagues and knew it was Tournament and second place highest rates of scholarships into time to organize a team for in the Pony Tail Tournament tournament play. NCAA Division 1 programs, and in Maryland. This season, “This team of girls is long over one third of Californians who the club has grown to include overdue,” says Morrison. two teams, one that plays in “We have had girls in San play girls ice hockey during high the Bantam division (ages 14 Diego who are high-level school go on to play in college.” & under) and one that plays in hockey players for quite a the Pee Wee division (ages 12 & while, but they had to travel Alex Morrison, San Diego Jr. under). out of the county to play on Gulls Girls Hockey coach. Traveling for tournaments is a competitive teams.” thrill for young athletes. It’s a chance In order to practice locally, to bond with teammates, maybe fly to a some of the girls previously played on new city and explore new places during free boys’ teams. In a player spotlight on the time. While in the D.C. area, the Jr. Gulls Girls team’s Facebook page, one Jr. Gulls Girl says, visited the State Capitol and toured the Smithsonian— “When I played on a boys’ team, it was harder to have unbeatable memories. Girls hoping to play in college will be close friendships. On a girls’ team, we all have so much in pleased to learn that the odds are excellent. common that we are instant friends.” While boys’ teams are “Girls ice hockey players have one of the highest rates of still an option, many female players find that girls’ teams scholarships into NCAA Division 1 programs, and over one are a better fit.

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third of Californians who play girls ice hockey during high school go on to play in college,” says Morrison. “That is a stat that cannot be touched by any other competitive team sport.” Tryouts are held annually in May and June, but those interested in playing are encouraged to join the team at skills clinics any time. Clinics are held weekly at Ice-Plex Escondido, often in conjunction with regular team practice. Participants can expect to hone the basics, while learning advanced individual skills. Instructors are among the best, including National Team players and Division 1 college players. For those who have never played ice hockey, it’s essential to learn to ice skate first. Girls shouldn’t worry about holding a hockey stick until they’ve learned to move confidently on the ice. From there, it’s best to join a “house” (recreation) league at a local rink to gain playing experience. For more information about San Diego Jr. Gulls Girls Hockey and clinics, contact Coach Alex Morrison at or 760-481-5252. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She is encouraged by the growth she’s seen in girls’ sports since her childhood.

Battle Tested, Kid Approved!

In October

Adventure for all ages! Audio tours for adults and kids, videos, climb-in aircraft, flight simulators and more in downtown San Diego!

Cherie Gough

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Trunk-orTreat A trunk-or-treat transforms an empty parking lot into a Halloween celebration filled with decorated vehicles and a fun opportunity to trick-ortreat at a safe venue (often a school or church community). Here’s how to do it:

• Reserve a parking lot in advance—consider asking a local church or school. • Secure participants who are willing to decorate car trunks or truck beds in a festive theme (popular kids’ films, movies or games). • Ask participants to bring candy to distribute to kids. • Some participants may add a free carnival game to their trunk (or parking space) for kids to enjoy. • Advertise. Social media is a great way to get the word out! Not ready to host your own event? Check out a local trunk-or-treat event, open to the public.

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Local Trunk-or-Treat Events Life Bridge Church: Oct. 31, 6–8 p.m. 17645 West Bernardo Dr., Rancho Bernardo Lots of decorated trunks, free food, live music, photo booth and inflatables. Eastlake Church: Oct. 27, 6–8:30 p.m. 2355 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista Free event with a large variety of decorated trunks. Crown Point Jr. Music Academy: Oct. 27, 5–8 p.m. 4033 Ingraham St., Pacific Beach Free trunk-or-treat hosted by the PTO. Minimal cost for carnival games, haunted library, cakewalk and food trucks.

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Gross Science Play Date Homemade slime is all the rage. If you’ve had kids over to play, chances are you’ve tried your hand at making the ooey-gooey stuff. A “weird science” play date where kids make gross concoctions is sure to impress. Our family used a gross science kit to make “veins”, “snot” and “earwax.” Most items needed are included in a kit, so there’s no need to drive all over town for ingredients. It was easy and the kids were awed and delightfully disgusted. Gross science kits can be found at Target, Toys“R”Us or online. Add to the fun with a bunch of free DIY science experiments available at End this play date with “dirt” pudding cups topped with crushed chocolate cookies and gummy worms.

Pumpkin Carving Party After friends invited us to a pumpkin carving party, my kids were hooked on trying new wild and wacky jack-o-lantern designs each year. Provide an alternative to carving for young children. Paint, stickers and glitter help little ones get into the spirit and allow parents to relax and enjoy the party.

Gather Tools Ask each family to bring their own pumpkins. Have a few pumpkin carving kits on hand for guests to use. They include tools and patterns to help get everyone started. Download additional patterns online for extra inspiration. Dry erase markers allow for mistakes as guests trace or freehand jack-o-lantern faces. Sharpie markers also work (but don’t wipe off). Cover tables with butcher paper or plastic. Provide garbage cans and extra trash bags. If you plan to roast pumpkin seeds, place large bowls on each table where guests can put seeds.

Carve & Display Once the pumpkin is open (see Tricks of the Trade), scrape out the “guts.” Have fun with this icky process! Draw the face freehand or trace it using a pattern or template. Follow instructions that come with carving kit. Put a candle in each jack-olantern and take photos with party guests.

Tricks of the Trade Be sure to have adults help and supervise kids with all sharp tools. Cut around the stem at a slight angle to make a “hat” for the jack-o-lantern that won’t fall in. Add an extra hole at the top to act as a “chimney” for the candle inside or use a batterypowered candle for safety. To preserve a jack-o-lantern, rub the inside and cut edges with petroleum jelly. Wrap in a plastic bag and store in the fridge until ready to use. cont. on p. 32

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Halloween Movie Night Nothing sets the tone of Halloween like a spooky (or not-so-spooky) movie night!

Choose a Movie • Younger kids love It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Monsters Inc., old Scooby Doo episodes and Hotel Transylvania. • For teens and tweens consider The Nightmare Before Christmas, ET, or The Addams Family.

Provide Atmosphere Gather cozy pillows and blankets for kids to sprawl out. Add twinkle lights.

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• Let the kids concoct their own combinations with a festive popcorn bar. Kids decorate cups with Halloween stickers, and fill with popcorn and candy toppings. • Pipe icing onto madeleine cookies (available at many Costco stores) to create cute mummies. Press play and relax with friends—this nofuss gathering is a tradition to relish. v Cherie Gough is a contributing writer whose family dreams of Halloween costumes all year long.

October 28 Halloween Family Day

Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures at this annual Halloween-themed event.

November 18 Unshelved Family Day

This family day will explore the hidden wonders of the Museum’s vast collections with activities and crafts.

December 9 Mammal Mania Family Day Join us for a day that celebrates the variety and diversity of the mammal.

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Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

Halloween can be downright scary for parents of kids who suffer from allergies. With every party, carnival and event comes the need to carefully check packaging to prevent a trip to the hospital. Make Halloween sweet for kids with allergies—and treat parents to a stress-free holiday with these allergy-friendly ideas, great for class parties, neighborhood get-togethers or a lunch box surprise.

Little monsters get a bonus pair of fangs with this idea from Meaghan Mountford that “revamps” apples into vampires. Check out Meaghan’s blog, The Decorated Cookie, for instructions and other fun craft ideas: www.thedecoratedcookie .com/2016/10/easy-monster-apples. (vampire apples) Photo credit: The Decorated Cookie (monster Jell-O) Photo credit: The Melrose Family

Jenny Melrose scared up Frankenstein monster treats using green Jell-O cups, a few craft supplies and a glue gun. These goodies make a great alternative for cakewalk prizes, so kids with allergies can play too. After crafting, don’t forget to put them back in the fridge (to keep Jell-O set). See full instructions on Jenny’s blog, The Melrose Family at www.thenymelrosefamily .com/frankenstein-halloween-treats.

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Safety First: Check the packaging of candy eyes to be sure they weren’t produced in a facility that processes nuts or wheat. If you’re not sure, substitute plastic googly eyes and adhere with double sided tape.

Effortlessly transform fruit cups into delightful pumpkins for your child’s classroom party. Diana Johnson, blogger at Eating Richly, came up with this simple, brilliant idea. Find out how to make these little cuties in minutes at www.eatingrichly .com/halloween-fruit-cups-preschool.

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Wrap up a happy Halloween with Mummy Applesauce Snacks from Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola at See Vanessa Craft. You’ll be done in a jiffy with just a few crafting materials and applesauce squeeze pouches. Little kids and moms will love this festive snack, perfect for lunchboxes. Get full instructions, plus more great Halloween ideas at www halloween-mummy-apple-saucesnack-idea.

YumEarth gummies and lollipops are USDA organic, naturally flavored/colored candies made in a peanutfree facility. San Diego Family did a taste-test and gives the treats an enthusiastic thumbs-up! Find YumEarth products at local CVS, Whole Foods and Sprouts stores. Learn more at

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Need something even easier? Use a black Sharpie to draw a jack-o-lantern face on clementines or prepackaged mandarin orange cups. Voila! You’re the Pinterest queen of the party. If you prefer non-food items, consider things that kids can use this time of year (and won’t just throw in the trash). • Glow sticks - Find themed wands, necklaces and headbands in discount stores and online. Parents and kids love these for trick-or-treating because they make kids more visible on darkened streets. • Halloween stamps and stickers are perfect for kids to decorate cards and treat bags for friends and family. • Vampire fangs, witch’s fingers, spider rings, stick-on mustaches and crazy glasses bring on the sillies and get kids in the spirit of Halloween.

Halloween-themed exhibits • Hands-on spooky science activities • Fun for the whole family

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Se a M o n st er M a sh October 20 & 21 | 6-9 p.m. Tickets at $13.50 Members / $18.50 Public At Door: $20

Safety First: Steer clear of PlayDoh and lip balm—they often have ingredients that are unsafe for people with a gluten allergy. Always on the lookout for allergyfriendly snacks, restaurants, recipes and more? Check out the new app, Spokin, founded by Susie Hultquist whose daughter has several lifethreatening allergies. Users tailor the feed to the allergy and information they seek and can connect with others with similar concerns. Free on iOs. v


Cherie Gough is the mom of an amazing daughter who has celiac disease.


Make allergy-friendly Halloween treats at home like this Pumpkin Patch Snack from Snacking with Joy. Find the recipe at www

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Make Halloween


with DIY Costu mes

Looking for a creative Halloween costume to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair? Design and make an awesome Funko POP! costume. Use everyday clothing to create a POP! character that fits your child’s style (or reuse last year’s costume). Or, for more fun, “POP! Yourself” (make a customized avatar), which can then be used as inspiration for a costume design. Find out how at Find a supply list and complete instructions for the box at Local mom and artist Emily Dolton recreated these costumes after seeing a similar one downtown San Diego during Comic-Con.

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SUN, OCT 15 2pm

PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITIES BEGIN AT 1:00PM AND ARE FREE TO ALL TICKET HOLDERS. Try out your favorite instrument at our hands-on Instrument Discovery Zone, meet one of our musicians and more!




Every story is better with music! Come dive into the wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventure-filled masterpiece Scheherazade and discover how a composer can conjure exotic worlds using just a few magical musical seeds.


SAT, OCT 28 4pm

For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film Ratatouille in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by symphony orchestra.


Ratatouille is the tale of a determined young rat with a cultivated palate who gets an unlikely chance to do what he dreams of most – cook in a French restaurant in Paris. Circumstance lands the rat, Remy, to Gusteau’s restaurant, where the spirit of the late chef guides him through a bizarre partnership with clumsy clean-up boy, Linguini. In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside-down, Remy achieves his dream with his pal Linguini.


This live orchestra event is an experience to savor as the movie cooks up delectable moments again and again.

*Children’s tickets start at $20 for Ratatouille. Visit our website for full pricing information.

Presentation licensed by Walt Disney Music Company, Pixar Talking Pictures, Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc., and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Non-Theatrical © All rights reserved.


All Aboard Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express!

© 2017 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Put on your Halloween costume and join Charlie Brown and Snoopy on The Great Pumpkin Patch Express! Ride the train, play games, pick the perfect pumpkin, and more!

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Halloween Round-Up

San Diego Corn Mazes!

Find a plethora of awesome fall and Halloween activities at Everything you see here, plus no-carve pumpkins, Halloween treat recipes, fun party games, DIY costumes, spooktacular crafts and more.

Get lost (and found) this fall in San Diego’s corn mazes: www.sandiegofamily .com/things-to-do/ seasonal-happenings.

Did you know there are at least

10 haunted spots in San Diego? Join a festive Día de los Muertos celebration Oct. 31­– Nov. 2. See where at things-to-do/seasonal-happenings.

See our list at things-to-do/seasonalhappenings.

Find the perfect pumpkin and have tons of family fun at local pumpkin patches— be sure to take plenty of adorable photos! Search our full list of pumpkin patches at

PUMPKIN PATCHES Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch See giant pumpkins, go through a corn maze, paint pumpkins and enjoy hayrides (weekends). Daily, Sept. 29-Oct. 31, 9 am-6 pm. Cannon Rd. & Interstate 5. www Pumpkin Station Four locations offer fall fun with games and rides, giant slides, a petting zoo, pumpkins and more. Most open from Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Free admission; ride ticket packages available. Look for a FREE train ride coupon and more info on the back cover of this issue.; 858-566-7466. Summers Past Farms Pumpkin patch open Wed.-Sun. in October. Pick your favorite pumpkin during business hours. On weekends, enjoy a jump house plus snacks and refreshments for purchase. Free admission. 15602 Olde Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs.

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FREE Boomont Park

Dare to experience a cauldronful of thrills and chills as Belmont Park transforms into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park offering a family-friendly fall festival for monsters of all ages. Free trick-or-treating, Zombie Laser Tag, a pumpkin patch station, Superhero Zip Line and more. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, through Oct. 29 (plus Tues., Oct. 31), 5 pm until closing. Trick-or-treating, 6:30-7:30 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd.

Editor’s Picks Kids FREE in October

The San Diego Museum Council invites families to discover what’s new at 43 art, cultural and science museums across the county with free admission for up to two children, ages 12 & under (for every adult ticket purchase). Oct. 1-31. For participating museums and to download the Kids Free in October voucher, visit www.sandiegomuseumcouncil .org. This event is presented in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority’s Kids Free Campaign. For family-friendly deals this month, go to

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October Still looking for last month’s events? Check out the digital edition of our September issue at

Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month Halloween Safety Month Caramel Month

Dying to find out what’s in store this month? Pick the pumpkins for trick-or-treating, costume contests and parades, fall festivals, pumpkin decorating and other fiendish fun guaranteed to raise your spirits!

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

sunday | 1 FREE La Mesa Oktoberfest. From vendors offering craftwork and knick-knacks to scrumptious sausages, food trucks and live entertainment, this annual celebration in La Mesa Village is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike. 10 am-6 pm. www FREE Adams Avenue Street Fair. Catch musical acts on six stages at this annual music festival that also includes hundreds of arts and crafts booths, food, carnival rides and more. 10 am-6 pm. Along Adams Ave., between 32nd & 35th Sts., Normal Heights. Oktoberfest in El Cajon. Live music by popular band, Guggenbach-Buam, folk dances, contests, vendors, Kids Zone, German food and beers. Today & Oct. 8, noon-9 pm; Oct. 6, 4-10 pm; Oct. 7, noon-10 pm. $5-$10; active military and under 21 free. German American Societies of San Diego, Inc., 1017 S. Mollison Ave.

Kids FREE at the San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Free admission for ages 11 & under, today until Oct. 31. Also, special kid-friendly activities and encounters await guests every weekend in October. Zoo hours: 9 am-6 pm; Safari Park hours: 9 am-5 pm. FREE Fallbrook Scarecrow Days. See various scarecrow creations on display throughout Fallbrook. Today until Oct. 31. Super Hero Obstacle Race. Families can dress up in “super” outfits and defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawling through toxic tunnels and navigating through 20 obstacles. 8-11 am. $25. Alga Norte Community Park. www FREE Encinitas Oktoberfest. Entertainment, German beer garden, arts and crafts, and vendors. 10 am-6 pm. Mountain Vista Dr. at El Camino Real.

Plan fun-filled family adventures all year long with Out & About! Pick one up at CVS Pharmacy or find the expanded digital edition at www.sandiegofamily .com/things-to-do/outabout. FREE Spanish-American War Reenactment. 9 am-2 pm. Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Dr., Oceanside. www FREE Museum Mash Up. This event kicks off Kids Free in October with more than 10 museums offering entertainment, musical performances and hands-on activities. 10 am-1 pm. Museum Park (adjacent to The New Children’s Museum), 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www

FREE Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

More than two dozen museums and cultural attractions present a spook-tacular array of costume parades, kids’ crafts and other surprises. Highlights include a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s rooftop pumpkin drop, a Thriller flash mob and more. Participating museums also offer free admission to ages 12 & under with paid adult. Oct. 28, 11 am-4 pm.

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Calendar • October


Arrive in Costume, & Decorate a Pumpkin! Ride a vintage train 1+hrs. Tour a haunted museum!

OCT 7-29 Sat & Sun 10am 12:15, 2:30pm







Meet Santa, Sing Carols, Eat Cookies, Sip Cocoa! Ride the train to the North Pole with Santa’s helpers!

DEC 1-23 Fri & Sat 5 & 7pm

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

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Come Explore Mission Trails Regional Park

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San Diego Veg Festival. Come to an outdoor celebration of plant-based foods, speakers on various topics for healthy living, mindful music and activities for all ages that connect to veg-friendly living. Noon-10 pm. $10-$15; under 12 free. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego.

thursday | 5

monday | 2

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FREE JCompany Jubilee Exhibit: A Look Back on 25 Years of Excellence. View a curated collection of costumes, props and memorabilia from some of JCompany Youth Theatre’s memorable shows. Through Oct. 15. Sun.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm. Gotthelf Art Gallery, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla.

The Big Bounce America. Experience the world’s largest bounce house ever created, measuring in at 10,000 square feet and 32 feet tall! For non-bouncers, free activities include field games and a headphone disco. Today, 1:30-7 pm; tomorrow & Oct. 8, 8 am-7:30 pm. Tickets start at $9. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista.

tuesday | 3 Visit the Children’s Nature Retreat, a serene, ranch-style retreat where you can come face to face with more than 100 12:42:14 domesticated PM livestock from around the globe, and have fun with interactive presentations. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm. $15-$25; under 2 free. By appointment only; call in advance prior to arrival. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www; 619-320-4942.

wednesday | 4 Pier Walks. Stroll along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier in La Jolla on this moonlit tour where you can collect plankton, uncover current research on marine life, learn about bioluminescent organisms and more. Tonight & tomorrow, 6-7:30 pm. $35. For ages 9 & up. The Sky Tonight: Galaxies. This astronomer-led planetarium show tours the night sky and explores the wonderful universe of galaxies. 7 & 8:15 pm. $14.95$16.95. For ages 5 & up. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. Youth-Friendly Films at the San Diego International Film Festival. Catch flicks like Lucky Me, Resistance is Life, Shine, Becoming Who I Was as well as equestrian films and environmental documentaries. Tonight until Oct. 8; visit website for schedule and tickets. Screenings at the Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.

EcoVivarium Living Museum. See reptiles, amphibians and arthropods, and participate in hands-on encounters with animal ambassadors. Wed.-Fri., noon-5 pm; Sat. & Sun., 10 am-4:30 pm. $8-$10. 136 S. Juniper St., Escondido.

FREE Holiday Craft Fair by the Artisans of the First United Methodist Church of Escondido. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, home-baked goodies and more. Today, 1:30-8 pm; tomorrow, 10 am-3 pm & Oct. 8, 8:30 am-noon. 341 S. Kalmia St.

saturday | 7 Maker Faire San Diego. Dive into creativity and get acquainted with new, quirky inventions at this event that’s part high-tech science fair, part county fair. More than 250 local and regional makers showcase their creations inside participating museums and other areas in Balboa Park. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. For tickets, visit FREE “Give the Gear” Sporting Goods Drive. Donate new or gently used sporting goods that will benefit YMCA of San Diego County. The first 500 cars will receive two tickets to the 2017 SDCCU Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) courtesy of U.S. Bank. 8-11 am. Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley. FREE Pumpkin Festival. Eighty artisans offer American handmade crafts and fine art at this annual fair. Also, visit the pumpkin patch with tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral, pony rides and vendors. Today & tomorrow, 9 am-4 pm. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center.



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FREE “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Outdoor Screenings tonight at Santa Clara Point in Mission Bay & Oct. 20 at Flinn Springs County Park in El Cajon. Starts at dusk. FREE Moonlight Beach Bash. Live acts, sidewalk chalk artists, a public mural project, a giant sand sculpture, food trucks and family activities. 3-6 pm. 400 B St., Encinitas. San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation 5K & Kids Run. Also includes a Sparky Sprint for ages 3-5, an awards ceremony and entertainment. 5K, 8 am; 1-Mile Kids Run, 9 am; Sparky Sprint, 9:30 am. $15-$45. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown San Diego. Eat Better Art: “Eat Local!: Exploring San Diego Cuisine.” Learn about good nutrition, participate in an art activity and make delicious dishes in this artful cooking class. 10 am-noon (for ages 4-6) & 1-3 pm (for ages 7-12). Parent/child pair $50. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. San Diego Humane Society’s Halloween Mutt Mixer. A costume contest, free desserts, dog treats and themed photos. Today, noon-2 pm at the Escondido Campus, Oct. 13, 6-8 pm at the Oceanside Campus & Oct. 20, 6-8 pm at

the San Diego Campus. Suggested cover charge $10. RSVP at FREE La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. Peruse more than 150 artist booths, have your fill of scrumptious food plus delectable wines and craft beers, and ignite your kid’s creativity at the Geppetto’s Children’s Art Center + Lab. Today, 10 am-7 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. Along Girard Ave. FREE Mira Mesa Street Fair. Live entertainment, international cuisine, community and information booths, kids’ activities and a carnival. 10 am-5 pm. Camino Ruiz, from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St.

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sunday | 8 FREE San Marcos Grand Fall Festival. More than 200 booths, music, Kids Zone, international food and more. 9 am-5 pm. Via Vera Cruz, between Grand Ave. & San Marcos Blvd. Target Family Day. Explore The New Children’s Museum for only $3! Noon-4 pm. 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. Oktoberfest in El Cajon. See Oct. 1.

monday | 9 National School Lunch Week, Oct. 9-13 “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” Journey to a remote and wondrous world through this IMAX film and get to know the unique animal residents and their interesting behaviors. Showing daily; visit website for show times and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 10 Sculpture in the Garden. More than 50 works are set against a unique backdrop of rare fruit gardens, tranquil ponds and other natural settings. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $8-$14. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.

wednesday | 11 Del Mar International Horse Show. See internationally acclaimed horses and riders at this event that encompasses weeks of world-class show jumping. Today until Oct. 29; visit website for complete schedule. General admission: $20 per vehicle. Del Mar Horsepark, 14550 El Camino Real. For tickets, visit

thursday | 12 FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Marooned in Paradise.” Great acts, live music and colorful youth performers. Tonight (6 pm) at North Park Recreation Center; Oct. 14 at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park; Oct. 15 at Azalea Park; Oct. 21 & 22 at Teralta Park; Oct. 28 at Colina del Sol Park & Oct. 29 at Gompers Park. 2 pm. Before each show, enjoy a parade and puppetrymaking workshops.

friday | 13 FREE Qualcomm Innovation Zone. View the latest in high-tech military and civilian equipment, and check out STEM displays and vendor booths in the Pavilion. Today until Oct. 15, 10 am-4:30 pm. Also, military ship tours and military static displays from 10 am-4 pm. Broadway Pier, downtown San Diego. Go, Gulls! The San Diego Gulls will play against the Texas Stars in tonight’s home opener at 7 pm. Other home games this month: tomorrow (vs. Texas Stars) & Oct. 25 (vs. Stockton Heat). 7 pm. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. For tickets, visit The TERI Players Present “Monster Story Time 2.” The troupe of misunderstood monsters returns for another Halloween adventure! This family-friendly production features performers with special needs. 7 pm. $10-$20. Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. FREE Oktoberfest & Fall Festival at St. Columba Parish. Entertainment, a beer brewing contest and German food tonight from 6-10 pm. The fun continues tomorrow & Oct. 15 with games and inflatables, a haunted house, a talent show and more. Tomorrow, noon-10 pm; Oct. 15, 10:30 am-4 pm. 3327 Glencolum Dr., San Diego.

USO Concert in the Park. Watch as the USO Show Troupe performs, then listen to country tunes courtesy of Tim Hurley and his band. 6-9 pm. $10-$30. Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego.

saturday | 14 The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Wear your Halloween costume and have loads of fun with Charlie Brown and Snoopy! Enjoy a train ride, pumpkin picking, games and more. Today, tomorrow, Oct. 21, 28 & 29; visit website for times and tickets. Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris, CA. KPBS Kids Workshops: Dinosaur Train. Discover different fossils and the stories they share. Also, story time and a visit from a costumed character. Workshops at 10 & 11 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE Kids Care Fest. Health screenings, safety demos, pony rides, flu shots and delightful activities for children. 9 am-1 pm. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St. FREE Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade. This year’s parade not only includes active Navy and Coast Guard ships, and Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aircraft, but also highlights historic military aircraft. The parade can be seen along the Embarcadero and from the USS Midway Museum and Broadway Pier. Noon-2 pm. More Fleet Week San Diego events at REINS Country Hoedown. Nonprofit therapeutic riding program REINS holds this annual event featuring the Clay Colton Band, carnival games, riding demos, a silent auction, BBQ and more. 4-10 pm. $25-$65. 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook. events-calendar/annual-country-hoedown. FREE Scarecrow Contest. Build a scarecrow for display at the Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch. Each entry will receive a free jack-o-lantern pumpkin and certificate of participation. Bring entry and completed registration form by 10 am. Judging from 11 am-noon. 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center.

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Calendar • October Pumpkin Plunge. The pool transforms into a floating pumpkin patch where each child can catch a pumpkin with a hula hoop! Also, collect bones, dive for treasures and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad. Register at (keyword search: “Pumpkin Plunge”).

“1001 Symphonic Tales.” Find out how a composer can create exotic worlds as you explore Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece, Scheherazade. 2 pm. Before the concert, hang out at the Instrument Discovery Zone and listen to a young ensemble perform in the lobbies. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego.

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FREE Second Saturday Cinema at Liberty Station. Bring a picnic and see Ghostbusters (2016; rated PG-13) under the stars. 7 pm. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma.

FREE Pitties in the Park. This annual celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day includes the Howl-o-Ween Costume Contest, Vendor Village, Adoption Alley, food trucks and giveaways. Noon-5 pm. NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma. Details at

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FREE Children’s Fall Fun Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Join games and a scarecrow contest ($2 entry fee), make crafts, enjoy music and dancing, check out the new Children’s Discovery Trail and Incredible Edibles Garden, and browse various vendors. 10 am-3 pm. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. FREE Old Town’s Fall Festival. Seasonal crafts and activities. Noon-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. FREE Halloween Traditions in Nature. Visit the haunts of the season’s iconic characters. Take a closer look at hoary oaks and get the facts on bats, owls, spiders and more on this guided walk. Today & Oct. 28, 9:30-11 am. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. FREE Fallbrook Scarecrow Days. See Oct. 1. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

sunday | 15 FREE Fallbrook Harvest Faire. Hayrides, pumpkin contests, scarecrows on display, petting zoo, pie baking contests and handmade crafts. 10 am-4 pm. Along Main Ave., downtown Fallbrook. FREE Grand Avenue Festival in Escondido. More than 400 booths, rides, arts and crafts, multicultural cuisine and live entertainment. 9 am-5 pm. Along Grand Ave., between Ivy & Centre City Pkwy.

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FREE Horse Heritage Festival. Pony rides, petting corral, pumpkin patch, demonstrations, frontier games, food and more. 10 am-3 pm. Walnut Grove Park, Olive & Sycamore Aves., San Marcos. Kids FREE in October. See Oct. 1.

monday | 16 National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20 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. Through March 1, 2018. Mon.-Fri., 8 am-4 pm. By appt. only. Gemological Institute of America Museum, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad.

tuesday | 17 FREE Family Read & Play Day. Story time featuring the book of the month, play time with the imagination playground and a free book for children, ages 5 & under. 10-11 am. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. Linda Hawley’s Nature Adventures. Learn how species interact in nature’s web of life, and the importance of protecting our environment. This month’s topic: “Creepy Creatures! Bats, Spiders, Insects & Snakes.” 9:30-11:30 am. $10 per child with advance registration; accompanying adults & siblings under 4 free. For ages 4 & up. Mission Trails

FREE Kroc Fit Kids Family Fun Nights. A fitness-oriented activity plus healthy snacks. 6-7 pm. Gymnasium at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 6753 University Ave., San Diego.

Africa Rocks. San Diego Zoo’s exhibit highlights the remarkable biodiversity that can be found on the African continent. Journey to six habitats and encounter lemurs, African penguins, Hamadryas baboons, West African dwarf crocodiles and meerkats. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Balboa Park.

thursday | 19 La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) Festival showcases the work of local, national and international artists. Today until Oct. 22. Don’t miss Family Days on Oct. 21 & 22 as you watch FAETOPIA: A Faerie Flash Mob at The New Children’s Museum, enjoy art-making activities at Museum Park and more. For schedule and tickets, visit website. Events in downtown San Diego.

friday | 20 FREE HauntFest on Main. Have your fill of chills and thrills at this annual event in downtown El Cajon that offers costume contests, carnival rides, live performances, Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s pumpkin patch, Candy Challenge activities, an LED rock wall, inflatables and Ghostbusters movie screenings. 5-10 pm. 201 E. Main St. “Junie B. Jones, The Musical.” Awaken a young person’s desire to read with this sassy little diva and her adventures in first grade. Tonight & Oct. 27, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 pm; Oct. 22 & 29, 4 pm; Oct. 28, 2 & 7 pm. $17-$19. Creative Performing and Media Arts School, 5050 Conrad Ave., San Diego. FREE Ocean Beach Heights Harvest Festival. Laser tag, spooky Haunted Hallway, costume contest, petting zoo, cake walk, food, games and more. 5-8 pm. 1499 Venice St., San Diego. 619-599-3008.

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Calendar • October FREE RBCPC Preschool Craft Fair. More than 60 professional crafters and gourmet food vendors, a children’s carnival (tonight, 5-7 pm) plus a Hullabaloo performance (tomorrow, 10:30 am). Today, 9 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 9 am-1 pm. 17010 Pomerado Rd. FREE La Costa Meadows Elementary Halloween Carnival. Rides, a haunted house, slime booth, bake sale and other activities. Tonight, 6-9 pm & tomorrow, noon8 pm. 6889 El Fuerte St., Carlsbad. “The Addams Family.” Everyone’s favorite kooky family comes to life on stage in this musical comedy about love, family and growing up. Tonight, tomorrow, Oct. 27 & 28, 7 pm; Oct. 22 & 29, 2 pm. $17$19. Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6737 University Ave., San Diego. Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Get sticky with slime, find a sea of glowing monsters, boo-gie down to live music and listen to spooky tales. Tonight & tomorrow, 6-9 pm. $18.50-$20; ages 2 & under free. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. FREE “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Outdoor Screenings. See Oct. 7. San Diego Humane Society’s Halloween Mutt Mixer. See Oct. 7.

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FREE PLNU Fall Festival. Highlights include a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, a live karaoke band, food samples, live music and exhibit booths. 10 am-2 pm. Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr. events/14th-annual-fall-festival. Frida and Me. This educational exhibit for children explores the inventiveness and power of Frida Kahlo’s work. It is composed of multiple modules based on Kahlo’s life and Casa Azul, her residence in Mexico City that furnished an important part of her artistic identity. Opens today, 10 am-5 pm. Included with admission. The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park.

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FREE Roots Series at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Music and dance, storytelling and crafts showcasing Mexico’s culture and history. 2-4 pm. 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. Hoot, Howl and Prowl. Be part of this after-dark adventure where you can see docents dressed as native critters, then have some hot chocolate at the end of your visit. Costumes are welcome; please dress warmly. 5:30 pm. $5. Register online. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, 16275 Espola Rd., Poway. San Diego Kids Expo & Fair. Check out the latest products and services for children and families, watch live performances, enjoy hands-on activities and visit Playland with inflatable jumps and slides for young children. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. For tickets, visit website. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.” Don’t miss a delightfully offbeat musical adaptation of this Roald Dahl classic. Today & Oct. 28, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow & Oct. 29, 2 pm. $17-$19. Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center. Halloween Family Party. 6-8 pm. $3-$5. For ages 3-12 and immediate family members. Woodland Park, 671 Woodland Pkwy., San Marcos. FREE Pure Water Day Open House. Tour the facility and taste the purified water, get free snow cones and kettle corn, and hang out at the Kid Zone with an obstacle course, face painting and educational games. 10 am-3 pm. RSVP at www.purewatersd .org/tours by Oct. 14. North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, San Diego. JCompany Youth Theatre Presents “Disney’s The Lion King.” Tonight until Nov. 5; visit website for schedule and tickets. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla. www.sdcjc .org/garfield/upcomingevents.aspx.

FREE DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego. Features a scenic, 1.2-mile dog walk followed by a celebration with music, games, dog demos and other activities. 8 am-noon. Proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence. NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma. Register at Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Halloween. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and more. 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. FREE The Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy. Come face to face with more than 40 classic “Italian bulls” (better known as Lamborghinis) along W. Fir St., between India St. & Kettner Blvd. Also includes musical entertainment. 6-11 pm. Little Italy, downtown San Diego. CYT San Diego’s “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Today & Oct. 28, 2 & 7 pm; tomorrow & Oct. 29, 2 pm. $17-$19. Star Theater, 402 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Street Food Cinema: “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Music, yummy eats and an outdoor screening of this Halloween classic. Screening, 8 pm; band, 5:30 pm. $6-$21; ages 5 & under free. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (Marina Terrace), 333 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.streetfoodcinema .com/the-nightmare-before-christmas. Haunted Tales. Head down to the Star of India for ghostly tales of enormous proportions! Take lantern-led tours around the ship and hear eerie legends from its past. Tonight & Oct. 28, 6-10 pm. Included with paid admission. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. FREE Fall Festival at San Dieguito County Park. Pumpkin painting, critter camp, games, face painting and more. Noon-2 pm. Costumes are welcome. 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Del Mar.; 858-755-2386.

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sunday | 22 Bow Wow Brunch Cruise. Indulge in a bountiful buffet while your favorite pooch can savor a pet buffet and join a doggie costume contest. Noon-2 pm. For details, visit website. Portion of proceeds will go to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Departs from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. San Diego Buddy Walk. Help make a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome at this event that also includes crafts, inflatables, music and food. 12:30-4 pm. $20-$40; ages 2 & under free. Preble Field, NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma. Register at Kids FREE at the San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park. See Oct. 1. FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Marooned in Paradise.” See Oct. 12.

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monday | 23 Game Masters: The Exhibition. This new exhibit lets you explore the evolution of gaming, from arcade classics to iconic consolebased games through today’s indie hits. Get the chance to play more than 100 games (no quarters needed)! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 24 Trappings – Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds. This exhibit celebrates the nobility, speed and serviceability of horses, bullocks and camels from across the globe. Through Nov. 12. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. Visit website for admission. Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park.

wednesday | 25 FREE Too Cute to Spook - Where Imaginations Soar! This workshop by Drama Kids is packed with fun for ages 5-11. Activities include themed problem-solving scenes, improvisation, theater games and creative movement. 4:30-5:30 pm. Costumes welcome. Stronghold Gym, 2176 Chatsworth Blvd., Point Loma. RSVP at Go, Gulls! See Oct. 13.

thursday | 26 “DeepSeeVR: Orca 360.” Take an underwater dive to virtually swim with killer whales at SeaWorld courtesy of this film that uses VR (virtual reality) technology and stereoscopic 360-degree video. Showing daily; visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego.

friday | 27 FREE Trick-or-Treat on India Street. Businesses in the Little Italy neighborhood will pass out candy and other goodies. The evening kicks off at Piazza Basilone with music, candy and Halloween festivities. 5:307:30 pm.

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Calendar • October FREE Halloween Happening. Children’s games (for ages 3-8), a silent auction, cake walk and refreshments. Costumes are welcome. 5:30-8:30 pm. San Carlos Preschool, 6554 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego.

Spooky Campover. Spend a wild night under the stars with the rescued animals of Lions, Tigers & Bears. Bring a pumpkin to carve, join a costume contest, and enjoy s’mores and campfire songs. 3 pm until tomorrow, noon. $55-$80. 24402 Martin Way, Alpine.

FREE Trick-or-Treat Dog Show. Alpine Stagecoach Lions Club presents this annual event that offers a costume contest, prizes, exhibitions by champion frisbee, surf and diver dogs, food and vendors. Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs.

Trick-or-Treat Family Overnight Adventure. Walk in the footsteps of sailors who served aboard the USS Midway. There will also be a costume contest plus treats that will be given away during ship tours. 5 pm until tomorrow, 9:30 am. Visit website for fees and to register. For ages 4 & up. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

FREE Hage Elementary School’s Fall Festival. Rides, haunted house, a cupcake walk, face painting, music, food and vendors. 5:30-8 pm. 9750 Galvin Ave., San Diego. 858-566-0273.

Family Fall Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden. Pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo and more. Kids can join a costume contest and have their picture taken with the Big Pumpkin. 10 am-2 pm. Free with paid admission; small fee for some activities. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 

Farm Animal Friday. Explore the world of rabbits through story time and a themed craft or activity. 10:30-11:30 am. Free with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. FREE Howl-o-ween Reverse Trick-orTreat for Kids. Make special treats for San Diego Humane Society’s adoptable animals. Also, play games, make themed animal crafts and meet costumed canine ambassadors. 4-6 pm. Suggested donation $5. Costumes welcome. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St., San Diego. “Tuck Everlasting, The Musical.” When 11-year-old Winnie Foster learns of the magic behind the Tuck family’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. Tonight until Nov. 12. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. Visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

saturday | 28 Halloween Public Skate at San Diego Ice Arena. Come in costume and skate to awesome Halloween music! 1-3 pm. $12-$14. 11048 Ice Skate Place, San Diego. FREE The Super Dentists Spooktacular. This annual fall party promises cauldrons of family fun including a costume contest, music, carnival games, food and vendors. Noon-3 pm. The first 1,000 visitors to tour the newly designed office will receive a prize. EastLake Shopping Center, 2226 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista.

Fox Theatre Film Series: “Ratatouille” in Concert. See this Academy Award-winning film on the big screen while the beloved score is performed live by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. 4 pm. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego.

FREE Costume Contest & Parade at Bates Nut Farm. 11 am; registration starts at 9 am. 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center.

Family Overnight: Mysterious Midnight on the Marsh. Encounter spooky critters, take a night hike through the marsh, be part of a treasure hunt and munch on creepy snacks. 5:45 pm until tomorrow, 9:30 am. $45. For ages 5 & up. Call for reservations. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista.; 619-409-5908.

FREE “Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!)” Story Time & Craft Program. This month’s story: Pauly: The Adventurous Pallid Bat. 11 am-noon. Call to reserve a spot. Lakeside Branch Library, 9839 Vine St. www; 619-443-7003, ext. 219.

Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands. This combined band review and field show competition features top high school marching bands in Southern California. Visit website for event schedule. Field shows: $8$15; under 3 free. Parade/band review free.

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This hauntless jaunt promises hours of festive fun including trick-or-treating, fang-tastic pumpkin decorating, spooky carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing and more. Oct. 28, 1-4 pm. $1 (cash only). Recreation Field, 6753 University Ave., San Diego.

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Halloween Family Day. Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures with crafts and hands-on activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. FREE Kids’ Halloween Make & Take. Children can learn about basic gardening principles as they plant a Halloweeninspired container. 9 am. Registration required; space is limited. For details and locations, visit


FREE Lakeside Halloween Festival. Trick-or-treating, face painting, jumps and food trucks followed by the outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania. 4-8 pm. Lindo Lake Park, 12660 Lindo Lane. 619-443-9176. FREE Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour: “Marooned in Paradise.” See Oct. 12. FREE Halloween Traditions in Nature. See Oct. 14. “Junie B. Jones, The Musical.” See Oct. 20. “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.” See Oct. 21. Haunted Tales. See Oct. 21. FREE Balboa Park Halloween Family Day. See page 43.

sunday | 29 FREE Family Spook-tacular Concert at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Organist Stephen Price plays Halloween tunes on the largest pipe organ in the county. 4:30 pm. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. Stay for a sumptuous spaghetti dinner ($5; $10 per family) at 5:30 pm. 2111 Camino Del Rio South, Mission Valley. Details at October 2017 • •


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Calendar • October FREE Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest & Parade. Judging and parade starts at 11 am; registration, 9 am. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. FREE Once Upon a Hallowe’en. Take a spooky ride into the past as you listen to stories, spend time inside a haunted house, play carnival games, watch live performances and more. 5:30-8:30 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd.








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Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Day. Enter the Eerie Estate, stop by trick-or-treat stations, visit a mini pumpkin patch, encounter various animals and join pumpkin decorating and costume contests. 9 am-1 pm. $14.25 per child; $5 per adult. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. education/howl-o-ween-harvest. Trick or Trot 5K Trail Run & 1-Mile Fun Run. The course takes you through Morley Field and the Florida Canyon on the edge of Balboa Park. Prizes will be awarded for best costume as well as other race categories. Also, pumpkin decorating and a pumpkin sprint. 8-11:30 am. $10$20. FREE Trick-or-Treating at Old California Restaurant Row. Costumed kids can complete a Halloween treasure map by getting stamps from participating restaurants, then receive a bag of candy and other goodies. 3-5 pm. 1020 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. FREE Dia de los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Live cultural performances, Catrina Contest, a chalk cemetery, car show, altars, food, and arts and crafts. 10 am-4 pm. 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. See Oct. 14. “The Addams Family.” See Oct. 20. JCompany Youth Theatre Presents “Disney’s The Lion King.” See Oct. 21.


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monday | 30 Living with Animals. This interactive exhibit uncovers the complex and dynamic relationships between humans and animals over time and across cultures. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. $6-$13; under 3 free. San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park.

tuesday | 31 Halloween FREE Halloween @ Jack’s Pond. Check out a Fun Zone filled with crafts, games and treats, and prizes for kids in costume. 5-7 pm. All ages welcome. 986 La Moree Rd., San Marcos. FREE Treats at Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center for children dressed in costume and accompanied by an adult. 3-5 pm. Carmel Mountain Rd. & Highland Rd., Carmel Mountain Ranch. 858-695-2700. FREE Halloween at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Trick-or-treating plus extended store shopping hours. 4-6:30 pm. 4002 Wallace St., San Diego. FREE Treats Abound at Village Walk at EastLake. Children in costume, ages 12 & under, can receive goodies from participating merchants. 3-5 pm. EastLake Pkwy. & Miller Dr., Chula Vista.

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Pumpkin Express. Take a vintage train ride that departs from Campo Depot, encounter a haunted train at the Display Building and decorate a pumpkin from an indoor pumpkin patch. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 7-29, 10 am, 12:15 & 2:30 pm. $5$18. Advance reservations required. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo.

FREE Cajon Classic Cruise. Race down to downtown El Cajon for this event with different themes each week. Wednesdays, through Oct. 25, 5-8 pm. Don’t miss Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 25.

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. Get free candy at 12 ocean-themed, trick-ortreat stations, mingle with friendly characters and watch Halloween shows. Saturdays & Sundays, through Oct. 29; visit website for admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND California Resort. A Ghost Cruise adventure, costume contests, dance parties, LEGO pumpkin patch building and trick-or-treating plus two bonus treat stations inside SEA LIFE Aquarium. Saturdays, through Oct. 28, 5 pm. Visit website for admission. FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. Oct. 7: Changing Leaves! Fall Mobile; Oct. 14: Branch Out! Tree Art; Oct. 21: Feathered Friends Bird Feeder; Oct. 28: Silly Spider Puppet. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos.

mondays FREE Stories with Grandma Carmel. Tales, coloring and fun books! Mondays, 11 am-noon. Rancho San Diego Branch Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon.

tuesdays Toddler Tales & Tunes. Play in the garden, enjoy preschool stories and songs, and pot plants to take home. Tuesdays (except first Tues.), 10 am-noon. Free with admission. $8-

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. FREE Boomont Park. See page 42.

thursdays 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.

fridays Mac’s Kids Corner. This story time brings a book to life with operating trains, paints, puppets and more. Fridays, 10-11 am. Free with admission. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. FUNbelievable Play’s Family Fun Nights. Fridays, 5-8 pm. Regular admission prices apply. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155157, Lakeside. FREE Boomont Park. See page 42. Want us to spread the news? Please email 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 December issue: November 1.


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Art with Alyssa

Alyssa Navapanich

Calavera Art for Día de los Muertos

Photos cour tesy of Alyssa


Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and placed on an altar to honor loved ones who have passed away. This art project is made with felt. Día de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Discussion Points for Teachers/Parents • Talk about family celebrations and traditions. • Decorative calaveras are a reminder to celebrate life. How do you celebrate life and people you love? • Learn the Spanish words for skull (calavera), Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), family (familia) and love (amor). • Discuss symmetry, pattern and color.

Directions Supplies 9”x12” piece of white felt Pencil Scissors Felt scraps in variety of colors White glue (Tacky Glue works best) or a glue gun (adult use) Embellishments such as silk flowers, sequins, beads, buttons, feathers, ribbon and bits of lace

• In pencil, draw a skull shape onto the white felt and cut it out. Tip: Trace around a glass then add a rectangle at the bottom for the jaw. • Cut circles for eyes using colored felt scraps. Layer 2-3 circles for each eye (reduced in size) for interest (see photo). • Cut out a nose and again, layer 2-3 shapes to make the piece more colorful and interesting. Tip: Start with a heart shape and place it upside down in the center of the face. • For the mouth, cut several small white rectangle teeth and glue onto a black oval felt piece. Cut a slightly larger oval in a bright color and glue the mouth on top. Attach the entire piece to the skull. • Decorate the skull as you wish using embellishments and felt scraps. Tip: Laying out all the pieces before gluing allows you to move things around. Glue embellishments down once you’ve chosen your design.

Find additional tips for this project at Alyssa Navapanich is an art enthusiast who teaches art to local elementary school kids.

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