Three of a kid’s favorite things in one place: trains, paints and gardening! San Diego Botanic Garden’s motorman-engineer James runs his unique trains and answers your train-obsessed tot’s questions about the mode of transport. Nature related crafts and plant potting round out this fun-filled hour.
Sing and dance at Musical Storytime for Toddlers led by Mike and Jean from the Raggle Taggle Band. Every other Wednesday, they’ll perform favorite songs and rhymes at this hip, popular event held at Pigment, a sunny, cheerful boutique gift shop in North Park.
Kids can blast off on an out of this world adventure via this interactive exhibit that lets them enter simulator pods to virtually launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship and drive a rover in space, all while learning valuable STEM lessons.
COST: $5/person on top of regular museum admission
Head to Pachis Art Studio for Kids for open studio where families to learn, play and create art together. Working on a family project already? That’s great! Stop by and take advantage of Pachis art supplies and staff advice to add more and new things to something you’re already working on. Open Art is designed for preschoolers and homeschoolers with new seasonal themed projects available every week. All art materials provided.
Every Saturday 10-1
Get ready to rock and roar, as the San Diego Zoo hosts its huge summertime celebration: Nighttime Zoo. Guests are invited to join in on all the fun with numerous evening festivities—including African-themed entertainment, toe-tapping music, surprising encounters, stilt walkers, exceptional acrobatic feats and more. The hilarious Dr. Zoolittle and Zoo characters will debut their brand-new show, “Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore Africa,” at the Koalafornia Boardwalk. The always-popular Zoolahoops will wow the crowd in Centennial Plaza, while the phenomenal Rock and Roar band and the hip-hop dancing Funky Monkeys are set to excite audiences on the Front Street Stage. Animal ambassadors are ready to educate and entertain during their “Wild About Animals” show at Wegeforth Bowl and guests will have a chance to meet and greet spectacular handcrafted puppets. Nighttime Zoo concludes with an electrifying 20-minute procession along Front Street. The puppets and their skilled puppeteers—led by an eight-piece brass band, The Chameleons—will thrill audiences each evening, in a must-see spectacle for the whole family.