San Diego Family Events

Parent Connection Board Meeting


Parent Connection Board Meeting takes place every first Tuesday of each month from 7 pm to 9 pm.
All members are more than welcome to join us.

We hope to see you soon!

Nurturing Your Child's Spirit... Strategically

Date: September 10, 2014

Learn creative, fun and innovative ways to deal with the challenges of raising a spirited child using techniques from Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Raising Your Spirited Child and the successful parenting program Redirecting Children's Behavior.  The cost for Parent Connection members is $295 per couple, nonmembers are $350 per couple.  For a class schedule, contact Jackie Hartmann at 760-533-5256.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Yoga Classes Designed for New and Expectant Mothers

Date: October 10, 2014

Penatal Yoga

Prepare for labor and delivery, relieve lower back pain, improve digestion, learn breathing and meditation techniques for relaxation during birth, improve your circulatory system and reduce swelling in your limbs.  (NOTE: A Medical Clearance Form must be signed and completed by your physician before attending prenatal yoga.) 


Mommy and Me Yoga

This class will teach breathing techniques and yoga postures.  It includes a brief meditation time to help relieve lower back pain and stress, which will help to cultivate better sleep as well as a balanced life with your baby.  Moms may join the class when baby is two months of age until the baby begins to crawl.  Bring a yoga mat and a blanket.

Registration is required for either class.  Each class costs $12 per person to attend.

For more information on times, dates and locations and/or to register please call Lauren Donovan at 858-997-4261 or email

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Historical Children's Faire

Date: October 29, 2014

Come enjoy carnival rides, crafts, a wild west show, free root beer float, and Jolt'n Joe's Hot Dogs!  Free Admission*

4th & Island Avenues - Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego

*Some activities require a nominal fee

Information can be found at

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Harvest Festival

Date: October 31, 2014

"Looking for a free, family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating? We'd love if you joined us for Harvest Hop! We'll have jumpies, games, car shows, food trucks, live entertainments, and more! Candy, admission, and games are FREE! Email us at for more information."

Location: Life Christian Church
Address: 1132 N. Melrose Ave., Vista, CA 92083
Date: Friday 10/31/2014
Time: 5pm-8pm
Phone: (760) 439-3300

Available Spaces: Unlimited

California Ballet's Giselle

Date: November 1, 2014

Often referred to as the Hamlet of the dance world due to the great demands made of the ballerinCaliforniaBalletGisellea's acting skills, Giselle is the quintessential ballet of the Romantic era.  This ballet is a heart-breaking story of secrets and deception, insanity, early death, retaliation and ultimately forgiveness taking place amid the ghostly Wilis, A cult - like group of other worldly spirits.

San Diego Civic Theatre

1100 Third Ave, San Diego


Price:  $40-$90; Children 12 & under receive a 25% discount.  Appropriate ages 8 and up.  Children younger than 5 will not be admitted to this performance.

Performance times:

Saturday, November 1 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 2 at 2:30

Run Time - Approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes including 1 intermission

Available Spaces: Unlimited

2nd Annual University Heights Urban Harvest Festival

Date: November 1, 2014

The entire community is welcome to this FREE event to celebrate the fall harvest and urban gardening.  Bring a picnicUrban Fall Festival or just come to enjoy Birney garden tours, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, music, pumpkin-composting games and more!  Bring your Halloween jack-o-lanterns to launch them from our trebuchet and to recycle them into compost for Birney’s award-winning eco-garden!

Where:  Birney Elementary , 4345 Campus Drive, San Diego 92103


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jack-O-Smash 5000 - a 5K Run and Fall Family Festival Benefiting Next Stage U and PoVa Therapeutic R

Date: November 2, 2014

Jack-O-Smash5K race begins at 8:00; 1K run/walk begins at 9:00; Family Fest is from 9:30 - 1:00 and Celebrity Softball begins at 11:30.
Where:  Sportsplex USA, 12349 McIvers Court, Poway
Why:  To support two great organizations and have fun smashing pumpkins!
Activities:  Timed Fast 5K Run, 1K Fun Walk/Jog, Food, Beer, Bands & Celebrity Softball Game.  Ultimate Kids Festival with Jumpers, Animals and Crazy Games and of course... Pumpkin Smashing!!!!!

Register & Details:

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Your Child's Home -- Little Changes, Big Results

Date: November 8, 2014

Did you know a chVoila Montessoriild's home setting is crucial for healthy development? Come hear our guest, Jeanne-Marie from V
oila Montessori, speak about the four basic areas your child needs at home; how you can create fun and engaging activities for infants, babies and toddlers; how to create a baby-focused nursery; support early toilet awareness; and much more.  This even is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.  Registration is required!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

20th Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair

Date: November 8, 2014

San Diego’s iJewish Book Fairnternationally recognized San Diego Jewish Book Fair celebrates its 20th year with headliner Ari Shavit.  Book Fair events will run from November 8 through November 16, and are presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS. North County events are scheduled for November 8 through November 10 at Temple Solel in Cardiff. From November 13 through November 16, including the free-of-charge Family Day Book-a-Palooza, on Sunday, November 16, from 10am-1pm, will be held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.

The book fair is open to the entire San Diego community.  Access to the bookstore, Family Day and a variety of afternoon lectures are free of charge. For a complete list of programs and prices, visit or call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348.


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Your Child's Home -- Little Changes, Big Results

Date: November 8, 2014

Did you know a child's home setting is crucial for healthy development?  Come hear out guest, Jeanne-Marie from Voila Motessori, speak about the four basic areas your child needs at home; you can create fun and engaging activities for infants, babies, and toddlers; how to create fun and engaging activities for infants, babies and toddlers;  how to create a baby-focused nursery; support early toilet awareness; and much more!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Operation Kidsafe Safety

Date: November 8, 2014

The Operation Kidsafe system, procedure and layout were developed using consultants from the FBI, Police Officials and fingerprinting experts. Using the latest all digital systems we capture the fingerprints of each hand along with a full digital head and shoulder photograph. The above information is then printed on hard copy and handed to parent for safe keeping. There is an area on the document for parents to update Operation Kidsafewith a current photo.

Jet Source Inc.

2186 Palomar Airport Rd

Carlsbad, CA 92011

(760) 804-3191


Nov. 8th


Available Spaces: Unlimited

San Diego Symphony: Family Festival Series

Date: November 8, 2014

Introduce children to the spectacle, wonder and fun of classical music!

  • All concerts are just one hour long
  • The concerts are both entertaining and educational, and are most suited for kids ages 4 to 12, although all are welcome.
  • There are always fun, pre-concert activities starting at 1pm, including a "Musical Petting Zoo" where children can play a variety of musical instruments.
  • Adult subscriptions are available NOW for $44 or $88 for all four concerts.  All child subscriptions (ages 17 and under) are $24.  Call 619-235-0804 to subscribe.
  • Family Packs are available for $40-$50, but new conditions apply.
  • Children two years and younger can come for free and sit on Mom or Dad's lap.

Stories, Myths and Legends

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2pm

Holiday Pops

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2pm

Behold the Bold Umbreallaphant

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2pm

Girl Power! Honoring Women in Music

Sunday, May 10, 2015 pm

Location:  Jacobs Music Center

Call 619-235-0804 or


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Restful Nights, Balanced Days

Date: November 10, 2014

Learn how to manage meals, routines, sleep and more in this exciting workshop for busy working moms with young children.  Gentle Sleep coach Jen Varela, Working Mom Support coach Elaine McGhee and personal chef Michelle Koenig will share tips for effective sleep training, healthy meal planning and how to balance it all using smart time management tools.  You will leave this workshop feeling recharged and ready to take on life!  Registration is required.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Basic Training for Dads-to-Be: The Third Trimester

Date: November 15, 2014

We're looking for a few good dads-to-be! With a baby on the way, tour life is about to change profoundly. Our basic training class allows expectant dads the opportunity to hear first hand accounts from experienced dads who have been through it all. Learn about what to expect in the last trimester of pregnancy, at the birth, during the first few weeks at home and more. Our expert dads accompanied by their infants, will provide practical tips on diapering, feeding and soothing a newborn. This class provides an experience you can't get from reading a book or attending a childbirth class. Call (858) 380-4636, go to or email for information and registration. The cost is $40.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tummy to Play Every Day for Infants Introductory Class for First Timers

Date: November 18, 2014

Is your baby happy on his tummy, or is he one of the majority who fusses, screams and cries when placed down?  This class provides more that an hour of FUN learning about the importance of tummy time and practicing basic moves and learning about the importance tummy time and practicing basic moves and easy modifications to help ensure that tummy time is a happy time.  This class is for babies 0 to 6-7 months and up to two caregivers.


Available Spaces: Unlimited


Date: November 21, 2014

Hullabaloo is farm-fresh, free-range organic kid-folk in a genre filled with musical Twinkies and Ding-Dongs.  Don't get us wrong (and please don't sue us, Hostess Foods Inc.)  Twinkies and Ding Dongs are great in small does, but after a while, you red something with a little more substance.

Suggested donation of $3 for Parent Connection members, and $5 for non members.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Doodle Bug Designs at Hullabaloo Concert!

Date: November 21, 2014

Doodle Bug Designs will be available for those who would like to make a clay impression of their little one's hands or feet.

The cost for the clay items depends on the item.  Ranges from $7.50 to $45.  

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Del Mar Thanksgiving Family Fun Mile Run

Date: November 27, 2014

And away YOU go… and Down the Stretch YOU come! Kick-off Thanksgiving Day with the Family Mile Fun Run on the famous Del Mar racetrack. Begin from the actual starting gate, make a one-mile lap all the way around and finish in the Winners’ Circle where you will get your picture taken. Many of your favorite Del Mar jockeyPrints will be running, jogging and walking right with you!
Participants receive racetrack admission and parking, a fun run t-shirt and proceeds benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center and their equestrian therapy program for children and adults with special needs. Special post-race activities will include:  prizes for kids, face painting, make fun Thanksgiving Day hats with the Rad Hatter, entertainers, holiday crafts and more. Helen Woodward will conduct the one-of-a-kind “Puppy Races Rescue Run” along with one of their beloved adoption events at the track. Then stay for brunch and live thoroughbred horse racing with our special early 11:00 a.m. post time.

Del Mar Racetrack

Thursday, Nov 27 2014, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Date: December 6, 2014

Our hometown tradition! Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2014 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101 on Saturday, December 6th.

This year's theme is "Droppin' In for the Holidays," celebrating Encinitas' reputation as THE mecca for Action Sports. Expect to see plenty of big name surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders and more and terrific representations of the action sports lifestyle on the many floats and entries in the parade.

The parade begins at 5:30 PM. It is preceded by a 5:00 PM tree lighting ceremony a the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).

Parking Shuttles

Don't stress over finding a parking space downtown, take advantage of our FREE parking shuttles that run from Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas off of Santa Fe Drive (just look for the signs pointing you there) or from they YMCA/Ecke Sports Park parking lot on Saxony Road.  Both shuttles start running at 4pm and go until8:30pm.  The ADA accessible bus runs from the Scripps location.  Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and will drop you off at the NCTD bus station on Vulcan Avenue, just a half block from the Parade route.

More Information

For info, email or call 760-633-2760.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Holiday at the Rancho

Date: December 6, 2014

Blending holiday spirit with a bit of western history, the City of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its annual Holiday at the Rancho event Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

The event will feature a snow hill for sledding and snowballs, a cowboy-hat-wearing Santa and a holiday movie under the stars, among other treats, at the park located at 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane.

Presale tickets are available at $6 per person from now until Dec. 5, and tickets at the door are $8. Children under 3 are free.

Admission includes crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating, 14-foot tree-lighting, an outdoor movie and entertainment. Sleds and the snow hill are also included in the price of admission.

Children can also sit on the lap of the western-styled Santa, a unique moment that parents can capture with their own cameras or pay $3 for a souvenir photo. Pony rides will be available and are an additional $6.

Parking will be limited at the Carrillo Ranch, and half of the lower lot will be used for disabled parking.  Parking is available at Leo Carrillo Elementary School or on surface streets.

To purchase tickets, please visit

Available Spaces: Unlimited

21st annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Date: December 13, 2014

The 21st annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will bring the San Diego community together on December 13th, 2014 to raise funds to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.  The annual holiday tJingle Bell Arthritis Runhemed event will be held at 6th and Quince Streets in Balboa Park at 8:00 a.m.  The Arthritis Foundation expects more than 2,000 participants will take part in Jingle Bell Run/Walk this year.

As the nation’s largest holiday race series, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis event offers a 5K timed fun run and a 1K walk with other fun activities for the entire family. Participants, including pets, are invited to dress in holiday attire to add to the festivities! To learn more about the San Diego Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis or to register your team today, visit

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Ultimate Santa Run

Date: December 13, 2014

The Ultimate Santa Run is the most joyous 5k Fun Run/Walk on Earth! Join thousands of others all dressed up in their favorite red suits to celebrate the season! Walk, Jog, or Dance your way through this 5k course filled with your favorite seasonal music and thousands of Santas! Don’t miss the Milk/Cookie zone to help re-fuel your body along the way! Cross through Candy Cane Lane’s Finish Line into a Christmas Celebration like no other! We’ll have falling snow more Milk/Cookies, plenty of Christmas Music, Santa Dances, Photo Opportunities, Entertainment & tons more!

Event Summary: Walk or Run through the streets with thousands dressed up in their favorite red suit, hat & beard!
Event Venue: NTC Park Liberty Station
Event Address: 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Event Dates: 12/13/14
Event Time: 8 am
Event Admission Cost: $25
Event Website:

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Traditions of Christmas

Date: December 19, 2014

Dec. 19 7:00pm
Dec. 20 - 23 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Don Powell Theater @SDSU 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182
Vittoria Allen, 619-588-0206
$40 Section A, $30 Section B, $20 Children

The tradition returns! The 21st Annual Traditions of Christmas, A Musical Spectacular returns to the stage at the beautiful Don Powell Theater on SDSU’s campus. Come be a part of one of San Diego’s most beloved traditions as we celebrate 21 years of Christmas memories.

Traditions of Christmas has grown to be the biggest Christmas show in San Diego drawing over 250,000 patrons over the years. It is a musical journey of all the greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world. Santa's Workshop comes alive with dancing elves, Raggedy Ann dolls, toy soldiers and magical toys. The Rockette style tap dancing kickline will have you cheering in the aisles. You'll sing along with your favorite songs like White Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town! It all comes together at the end with our most treasured tradition, the Living Nativity. It truly is the perfect show to capture the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Home Alone Safety for Kids

Date: December 30, 2014

It's difficult to tell when a child is ready to stay home alone for short periods of time.  This workshop is designed to help families prepare their children ages 9 and up, to be responsible and care for themselves safely.  An interactive video, games and activities are used to help prepare children for this big step.  The topics covered include: arriving home safely, staying home alone safety, fire safety, recognizing an emergency, home alone readiness plans.

Participant receive a home alone safety booklet and a certificate of completion.  This class is presented by Lockhart Training, a training center for the American Safety and Health Institute.

Cost is $55.  Registration is required.  To register, call (858) 314-0475 or email


Available Spaces: Unlimited

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