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!

Redirecting Children's Behavior

Date: March 24, 2014

For class schedule & info, call # below.

Enhance your parenting skills through this powerful and practical 3-week course that teaches effective parenting skills in a supportive, loving and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Learn the four principles of why children misbehave and how to nurture self-sufficient, responsible and self-confident children by using techniques that build mutual respect, create positive motivational messages, prevent sibling rivalry and minimize power struggles. This course is taught by supportive and experienced instructors. These popular classes fill quickly.

The cost is $200/member or $350/member couple. The cost for nonmembers is $395/family. Fee does not include textbook and/or workbook, which is $30.

For more information or to register for La Jolla/UTC or Carmel Valley classes, contact Susie Walton at 760-633-9754.

For information or to register for Encinitas/Carlsbad classes, contact Jackie Hartman at 760-533-5256.

Breezy Parenting: Baby 101

Date: April 1, 2014


Tuesday, April 1 - May 6 / 10:30am

Have a baby? Breezy Parenting is offering a 6 week course for new moms and dads at Platypus Kids in Encinitas. The cost is $175 for Parent Connection Members and $195 for non- members.

Check out the link  to sign up!

Aquarium of the Pacific - Spring Events

Date: April 5, 2014

aquarium of the pacificSaturday & Sunday, April 5-6, 2014
International Children’s Day

Join us for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s ninth annual International Children’s Day festival, celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures. This festival will feature West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in an international percussion circle, face painting, mural painting, and Native American and Pacific Island traditional children’s crafts and games. The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make our planet a better place.

Saturday & Sunday, April 26-27, 2014
Earth Day Celebration

Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s fifteenth annual Earth Day Celebration. Join the Aquarium for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, 2014
Urban Ocean Festival

Explore and celebrate Southern California’s coast during the Aquarium’s annual Urban Ocean Festival. The event will include art exhibitions, a fashion show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, and educational activities. There will also be Urban Ocean boat cruises available during the weekend at an additional cost.               

This is a great time to book your holiday party at the Aquarium. Prime dates are still available!

Visit our event page at the link below for more details.


SeaWorld - Spring Events

Date: April 5, 2014

SeaWorldLogoWithWebMuch is abuzz here at SeaWorld San Diego – we’ve officially premiered our newest attraction, Explorer’s Reef, and kicked off our 18-month long 50th Celebration! Plus, our third annual Pole to Pole Fun Run, benefitting Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, is just around the corner, on Sunday, April 6. Proceeds raised go directly into the field to help wildlife and wild places. Don’t forget Easter Brunch With Shamu as well, where you can enjoy a leisurely poolside brunch with our biggest star, Shamu!

EASTER BRUNCH WITH SHAMU: Families can spend Easter morning at SeaWorld® and enjoy a leisurely poolside brunch buffet with Shamu® and his trainers. SeaWorld chefs present delicious and savory options to entice the whole family, including omelet, French crepe and tri-tip carving stations, mango teriyaki chicken, Spanish rice pilaf, quinoa spinach salad, desserts and more. Space is limited for this exclusive and one-of-a-kind experience. For more information call (800) 257-4268 or visit


EXPLORER’S REEF COMES ASHORE: Explorer’s Reef™ is officially open! Premiered in conjunction with SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration on March 21, Explorer’s Reef completely transforms the marine park’s arrival experience into a “world beneath the waves.” Guests enter the park beneath a massive wave sculpture, nearly 30 feet tall and 100 feet long, giving them the impression they’re in an underwater world. This multi-million dollar undersea oasis features state-of-the-art touch pools teeming with marine life, such as cleaner fish that nibble at guests’ hands, for a hands-in interaction. SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, an 18-month extravaganza, promises a Sea of Surprises™.


SEAWORLD’S 50th CELEBRATION MAKES ITS DEBUT: For five decades, SeaWorld® San Diego has created memories to last a lifetime. During SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, guests can take part in the festivities through new interactive experiences, shows and even more up-close animal encounters. The park’s pathways will come to life with spontaneous entertainment. “Bubble Blowout” is sure to be a guest favorite with a fantastical vehicle creating bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Engaging performances with sea-inspired costumes and props pop up at surprising moments throughout the day, such as “Splash Dance” and the “Sea Street Band.” The “SeaWorld Surprise Squad” also delights guests with prizes every day.

Free Soccer Classes with Soccer Shots

Date: April 12, 2014


Class dates: 4/12/14-4/19/14 (see schedule below)

Soccer Shots will be having a FREE Soccer class for children ages 3-6 years old!  At Soccer Shots we use fun and imaginative games to introduce basic soccer skills, teamwork, agility, and sportsmanship to young children in a non-competitive environment. Come try it out!

We encourage you to pre-register online at and find the Soccer Shots program nearest to you!

Hilton Head Park (16005 Hilton Head Road, El Cajon, CA, 92019) on 4/12/14, 9:00am [Ages 2-6]
Lake Murray Community Park (7001 Murray Park Dr., San Diego, CA, 92119) on 4/12/14,  9:00am [Ages 2-6]
Morley Field Sports Complex (2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA, 92104) on 4/19/14,  9:00am [Ages 2-6]
Northmont Park (Severin and Amaya Drive, La Mesa, CA, 91942) on 4/19/14, 9:00am [Ages 2-6]
Sabre Springs Community Park (Sabre Springs Parkway and Evening Creek Drive S., San Diego, CA 92128) on 4/17/14, 5:30pm  [Ages 2-6]
South Creek Neighborhood Park, Poway (12249 Wickerbay Cove, San Diego, CA, 92128) on 4/17/14, 4:30pm  [Ages 2-6]
Vista Grande Church (10881 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92124) on 4/19/14, 10:45am [Ages 2-6]
Woodglen Vista Park (10250 Woodglen Vista Drive , Santee, CA, 92071) on 4/12/14,   10:45am [Ages 2-6]

Hullabaloo Concert and Doodle Bug Designs

Date: April 18, 2014

 Friday, April 18, 10:00-10:30 a.m. & 11-11:30am

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 doses.  But, after a while, you need something with a little more substance.


Suggested donation of $3/family for Parent Connection members and $5/family for nonmembers.  Call 858-626-6944 for questions or to RSVP.


Doodle Bug Designs will be available from 10:00am - 11:30am for those who would like to make a clay impression of their little one's hands or feet.  The costs range from $7.50 to $45.


EGGstravaganza Spring Festival

Date: April 19, 2014

EGGstravaganzaSaturday, April 19 / 10:00am-1:00pm
Celebrate the spring with games, activities, crafts and entertainment.  Activity cards are available for purchase for access to the egg scramble, fun zone and more.  Also sample the variety of summer camps by participating in demonstrations and meeting the instructors.
The event features an ongoing "egg scramble" of multiple egg hunts separated by age from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

To keep the scramble fun for all ages, one field will be arranged for children ages 6 and over who want to race for their eggs, and an identical one will be arranged for children ages 5 and under. A third field will have piles of eggs set aside for younger children, babies or those with special needs to collect at their leisure. Attendees can also enjoy a family scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter bunny, a fun zone with bounce houses, a giant slide and a chance to "soak the bunny."

Poinsettia Community Park

Scout for Easter A Garden Party for Littles…and grown ups, too!

Date: April 19, 2014

ScoutSaturday, April 19 / 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Easter weekend, Scout @ Quarters D will transform their one-acre garden into a springtime wonderland. Families are invited to enjoy the sunshine while the littles enjoy all the classic delights of the holiday.

Scout is partnering with The New Children’s Museum to present creative art-making activities in celebration of the spring holiday. At Spring Blossoms, an interactive art project, little ones can play with colorful patterns, texture and symmetry to make a spring butterfly or blooming blossom to take home.

Price: Littles $20, adults $10. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Scout @ Quarters D
NTC @ Liberty Station, Point Loma
2675 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106

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Free Easter Egg Hunt

Date: April 19, 2014

Canvas Easter-Egg-Hunt-Looking for the Easter Bunny? Excited to find lots of eggs? Saturday, April 19th at Clairemont High School football field we will be hosting the 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11am.

This is a FREE event for EVERYONE that includes a huge Easter Egg Hunt with over 30,000 eggs, tons of prizes and giveaways, and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the best Egg Hunt in San Diego!

Check out #EggHuntSD2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information, updates about the Egg Hunt and awesome pictures!

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration

Date: April 20, 2014

Harbor Church EasterHarbor Mira Mesa Church Invites you to an Easter Celebration on April 20th at 9:30am at the Mira Mesa High School. (10510 Reagan Rd, San Diego, CA 92126). There will be a free Easter Egg Hunt, Family Photo Booth and Breakfast.

At 10:30, there will be an Easter service with a story time and fun game time for for the kids.

Visit for e-mail for any questions.

Potty Training Made Easy

Date: April 21, 2014

In the midst of our frustration over diaper changes or accidents, it's easy to forget that all children will eventually learn to use the potty. Make this transition stress-free for you and your child by learning the ins and outs of potty training from an expert, Nonie Levi, MFT. You'll learn how to tell when a child is ready, how to encourage your child to use the potty and event when to call it quits for a while until your child is truly ready to get down and potty.

Monday, April 21, 7:oopm - 9:00pm, Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC
Cost: This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.

To Register; click Add to Cart below.  When you are ready to check out just click View Cart.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Food Allergy Symposium

Date: April 22, 2014

FARE-Logo Tuesday, April 22nd / 6:00pm-8:00pm
San Diego County Office of Education - 6401 Linda Vista Rd, Room 401, 92111

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and Allergy & Asthma Medical Group cordially invites the San Diego food allergy community to attend an evening of education and support.
•       “Facts About Food Allergy” – Susan Laubach, MD
Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD; Associate Physician, Allergy & Asthma Medical Group and Research Center
•       “Anxieties While Dealing with Food Allergies” – Jill Stoddard, PhD
•       “Nutrition & Food Allergies” – Jill Greer, MS, RD, CNSC
Consulting Dietician


Beethoven 'n' Friends Go Country

Date: April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 at 9:30am and 11:30am

Yee-haw!  The Classics Philharmonic celebrates music inspired by the "country" and cowboy culture with music by Beethoven, Rossini, and Grofe.  Special guest, Wylie Gustafson, the yodeling, singing cowboy from Montana, joins our orchestra for a thrilling performance of old time country and cowboy songs!  We'll be singing, yodeling and line-dancing to his foot-stomping great music.

Balboa Theatre
868 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
To order tickets contact

Mission Federal ArtWalk’s 30th Anniversary

Date: April 26, 2014

ArtwalkSaturday and Sunday April 26 & 27 / 11:00am-6:00pm

Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine art festival in Southern California, will commemorate its 30th year with a 17-block celebration in the lively neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego. Founded by local artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a showcase for established and emerging artists and the ultimate event for aficionados and casual collectors.

This event offers Art, Fun for Families, Live Performances and Food & Drink.

San Diego, California; the outdoor fine art festival is held in the Little Italy community, a part of downtown adjacent to San Diego’s “Big Bay.”

For more information on the event visit

Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

Date: April 26, 2014

C2B14Saturday, April 26; 9:00am-12noon

Free event. ILACSD's signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, represents one of the largest environmental events of the year. Since the inception of this event in 2003, 44,528 volunteers have participated in this effort - resulting in the removal of 1.65 million pounds of debris from San Diego County locations. The mission of the event is to engage the community in removing debris from San Diego's beaches, canyons, waterways, and parks. This cleanup strives to reach a diversified cross-section of San Diego County, with half coastal and half inland locations, emphasizing the fact that almost 80% of coastal debris originates inland!

If you’d like to attend, please contact Lexi Ambrogi at or (619)-704-2778.


KidsWalk at Mission Federal ArtWalk 2014

Date: April 26, 2014

KidsWalk2014 Saturday & Sunday April 26 & 27 / 11am-6pm
The KidsWalk area is located at W. Date and Union Streets, at the Washington Elementary School playground

Southern California’s largest fine arts festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk brings art to all ages with KidsWalk, a series of hands-on projects presented by local organizations. This annual installation is a central feature of the 17-block Little Italy arts festival with participants including arts nonprofits and local museums, each offering something uniquely artistic, for families.

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PACT - Inclusive Theatre Workshops for children & teens with unique needs

Date: April 26, 2014

Workshops are inclusive, consisting of a mix of peers with and without disabilities. We encourage a feeling of equality in the programs by not pointing out who our volunteers are or discussing anyone's disability. We have found the low stress and upbeat environment of these workshops to be very effective in giving those with unique needs an opportunity to express their creativity and reconnect with their peers.
Spring session: 4-26 to 6-14  Summer: 7-12 to 8-30
Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)

Healthy Chats for Girls

Date: April 27, 2014

Sunday, April 27 / 2:30pm-5:00pm
Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC

This popular 2½-hour seminar presents accurate information for mothers and daughters (9-11 years old) about the normal physical and emotional changes that preteens experience during puberty. Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, pediatrician and mother of three will be leading this discussion. The cost is $60/mother & daughter pair and includes a “Growing Up” bag for the girls.

Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.

For more information, go to

Nurturing Your Child’s Spirit…Strategically

Date: April 30, 2014

Child on rockLearn 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.

To register, contact Jackie Hartman at 760-533-5256.  The cost for Parent Connection members is $295/couple, nonmembers are $350.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Mainly Mazart Concert

Date: May 4, 2014

ncm_logoSunday, May 4, 2014/ 5pm

Join  Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra with music director, Hernan Constantino for an evening of music at the New Children's Museum.


Spring Luncheon Annual Fundraiser

Date: May 4, 2014

Breathe_250x250Sunday, May 4th
Hilton Del Mar

Embark on your personal passport to paradise!  Come enjoy an afternoon spent relaxing and being pampered in an island paradise.  NourishIndulge and Relax while Reconnecting and Creating memories with friends.  

Farm to table tropical lunch, extraordinary dessert, live entertainment & awesome swag bag featuring Roy's gift card & Joy of Parenting book!

Honor a special mother in your life by adding a fresh lei greeting when you purchase your tickets.

Funds raised at this event benefit the Parent Connection Cares-Community Resource Fund and Madison's Fund.

Community Resource Fund provides support to Parent Connection families that are facing a crisis such as a catastrophic illness or the loss of a spouse.

Madison's Fund reaches out and provides support to Parent Connection families suffering from the loss of a child.

To Register click here.


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

Date: May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 10 / 9:30am-12noon

Scripps Mende Well Being Ctr - UTC

We're looking for a few good dads-to-be! With a baby on the way, your life is about to change profoundly. Our basic training class allows expectant dads the opportunity to hear firsthand 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.

Registration Info:Call 858-380-4636 or go to or email for information and registration.

Cost: $40.


Wild West Fest

Date: May 17, 2014

Wild-West-FestSaturday, May 17 /11:00am-2:00pm
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, located at 6200 Flying L.C. Lane

Swap those flip flops for some cowboy boots and mosey on down to the City of Carlsbad's annual Wild West Fest , for a rustic adventure of western themed crafts, salsa contest, root beer tastings, pony rides and mechanical bull riding for kids.

Admission to Wild West Fest is free, and activity cards can be purchased for $6 for things like pony and mechanical bull rides, souvenir photos with authentically dressed cowboys and cowgirls, and western themed crafts.

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Sleeping Beauty at the San Diego Civic Theatre

Date: May 17, 2014


Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18


Experience the magic of dance at California Ballet's Sleeping Beauty! Join Princess Aurora this May at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Join California Ballet for the timeless tale of Princess Aurora, the evil fairy who curses her, and the dashing prince who awakens her with a kiss. Children and adults of all ages will delight in the magic and spectacle of fairy tale characters come to life, including Puss 'n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and her Wolf, and Princess Florina and her Bluebird.

CBC Ballerina Chie Kudo and International Guest Artist Kateryna Khaniukova (National Opera House of Ukraine) will alternate in the role of Princess Aurora. International Guest Artists Vadim Solomakha and Tomonori Ochi (New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo) will alternate in the role of Prince Desire.

Tickets are available online at or by phone at (858) 560-6741.
Adults: $40-$90

Children 12 and under receive a 25% discount.

Sleeping Beauty is sponsored by the Westgate Hotel.

Explore Mission Trails Day

Date: May 17, 2014

Explore Mission TrailsSaturday, May 17

One of America’s largest urban parks, with nearly 7,000 acres of natural open space, breathtaking scenery, and over 50 miles of nature, hiking and biking trails, is also one of San Diego’s best- kept secrets.  Mission Trails Regional Park offers fantastic opportunities year-round for outdoor family fun only 15 minutes from the City center.  But many San Diegans are unaware of this spectacular resource.

On Saturday, May 17, the public is invited to learn more at a free, annual celebration called Explore Mission Trails Day.  An event tailor-made for young families, it takes place every spring, with a special focus on connecting children to nature.

For more information go to

KidsFest San Diego

Date: May 17, 2014





May 17 - 18, Liberty Station in Point Loma

KidsFest is San Diego’s largest hands-on, creative festival for kids and their families.This weekend-long celebration of the imagination will take place on May 17 – 18, 2014 at Liberty Station in Point Loma. With over 100,000 square feet of interactive fun, dozens of activity stations and 50+ exhibitors, KidsFest is filled with simple, organic, creative play for kids. KidsFest is committed to providing a quality experience for San Diego families.

For more information go to:

The Promise Walk

Date: May 18, 2014

promise-walk-footerSunday, May 18, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay - 3700 Corona Oriente Road - Grass Area

Join walkers in San Diego and thousands nationwide to help us reach our goal of $12,000 -- and bring hope for healthy lives to millions of mothers and babies every year.

1 Mile Walk and 5K Run Route
$20 Adults and $10 Kids under 12 -$25 Adult registration on walk day
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21st Anniversary San Diego Sicilian Festival

Date: May 18, 2014

sicilianfest-homeimageSunday, May 18, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm

San Diego’s Sicilian American community invites everyone to “Eat, Drink & Be Sicilian” for a day at the 21st Annual SICILIAN FESTIVAL in San Diego’s Little Italy, Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10am-6 pm.  Grape stomping, authentic Sicilian cuisine, nonstop musical entertainment, cultural displays, Kids Zone and Bellissimo! Car Show.
Price: Admission is Free

Kid's Ocean Day

Date: June 5, 2014

Kid'sOceanDayThursday, June 5th / 8AM-12PM
Crown Point Shores

Join us for a volunteer cleanup at Crown Point Shores on Thursday, June 5th from 8AM-12PM. 3500 Corona Oriente.  After the cleanup, you can be part of an environmental message on the beach that will be photographed from a helicopter! This program provides interactive presentations about pollution prevention and marine ecosystems to thousands of local students. Contact Lexi at or 619-704-2778 to signup.

Joy of Parenting

Date: June 9, 2014

FamilyMonday evenings, June 9-June 30 / 6:30-8:30pm
Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Walker Room

“What’s the secret to a joyful family?” It’s really no secret, simply think about what it takes to cook your favorite dish. Too much of one ingredient can overpower and ultimately ruin it. Too little of another can leave the dish flavorless and unfulfilling. But when you get the right balance of ingredients and you know when to use them, the result is a delicious, satisfying meal. When it comes to creating joyful families, each family will have its own recipe and distinct flavor. However, the one key ingredient that is absolutely essential to a joyful family is love. Love is where joy comes from. It’s where caring, respect and even responsibility come from. When you learn to infuse love into everything you do, including discipline, you’ll be cooking up the family of your dreams.

To Register: Call Susie at Indigo Village : 760-633-3754 or

The cost is $175/Parent Connection member, $200/nonmember.

Family Swap Meet

Date: June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22 /  8:00am - 12:00pm

This is a can't miss regarding great deals on children's amazing prices!
Families with infants, young children & parents with a baby on the way will find something special at The Family Swap Meet.

No pre-registration is required for attendees.
Admission is $2 per person (under 12 years old free).

For more information and to register as a vendor go to the Family Swap Meet page.
For any questions, please send an email to or call The Parent Connection at 858-626-6944.

FARE Walk for Food Allergy

Date: June 29, 2014

FareWalkSunday, June 29th /  11:00am-2:00pm

The Third Annual San Diego FARE Walk for Food Allergy is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at NTC Park at Liberty Station from 11am-2pm. The anticipated number of participant expected is between 200-500 people. There is no charge to register but participants will be encouraged to form Teams and fundraise through our on-line registration. Sponsors will be encouraged to participate with a corporate donation and will be provided a booth/table at the event. The Walk is a family-friendly event that takes place in communities nationwide to raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. This special day will include fun activities for the entire family.

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Doggie Street Festival

Date: July 12, 2014

dsf_logo_large  Saturday, July 12, 2014 / 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Liberty Station/NTC Preble Field 2455 Cushing Rd, 92106

The ultimate dog lovers family fun event that increases dog and cat adoption countywide.  Enjoy yummy eats, music, and special guests.  Canines and their peeps can shop for unique pet products and much more.

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