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

Willy Wonka

Date: November 7, 2014

This eccentric candy maker and his staff of oomph loompas  lead five golden ticket winners through chocolate rivers, laughs and life lessons.


Greenfield Middle School,

1495 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon


Available Spaces: Unlimited

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Date: November 7, 2014

Chill out at Snow World, a winter wonderland of snow for the family, spend time with Santa and his reindeer, and watch merry shows including the all - new  Shamu Christmas Mirales.

Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr, San Diego


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

Tots and Tails

Date: November 11, 2014

Stories , crafts and animals pals in this story time for preschoolers. Call for reservations. San Diego Humane Society & SPCA.

5500 Gaines St, San Diego


Available Spaces: Unlimited

Pet Pals: Fantastic Felines.

Date: November 14, 2014

Children, ages 6-12, meet and learn about animals. $10 per child. For reservations, call or visit website.

San Diego Humane Society & SPCA,

5500 Gaines St, San Diego

619-299-7012, ext. 2912

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village

Date: November 14, 2014

AT East Plaza Gazebo

West Harbor Dr. & Pacific Highway, downtown San Diego


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

The Christmas Toyshop

Date: November 29, 2014

Oh No! An Evil Toymaker is planning on kidnapping Santa Clause and ending Christmas once and for all. Can the toys band together and save the day? Find out in this holiday musical that the whole family will enjoy.

November 29th 2014-December 24th 2014 @11:00 am
Location- North Coast Repertory Theatre - 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Suite D Solana Beach CA 92075
Contact info- North Coast Rep Theatre 858 481 1055 and
for tickets call 858 481 1055
Price $20 for adults and $16 for children

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Free Holiday Celebration with Santa

Date: December 3, 2014

Del Mar Highlands Town Center - located at the southeast corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Spectacular holiday laser light show, complete with falling snow and visits with Santa! Take your own photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing along with Dickens Carolers, bring something to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies

Representatives from 16 local schools will be on hand to accept a check for $1,000 each for the “Save the Arts program”. Some of these schools will also be doing performances throughout the center; dance, poetry readings, choirs, a “live” painting, violinists.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Teagan Taylor Trio

Date: December 4, 2014

Musician and songwriter Teagan Taylor will team up with her family band to play contemporary jazz-pop crossovers and original music for an intimate holiday concert at the Library Learning Center. The Teagan Taylor Trio features San Diego locals who captivate audiences with their ability to skillfully blend genres into their own unique sound. The Teagan Taylor Trio plays across moods of jazz, rock and soul, entertaining audiences of all ages. To learn more

Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place, Carlsbad, 92008

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Marche De Noel - Holiday Market And Fair

Date: December 5, 2014

It's that magical time of the year again! The San Diego French American School is hosting its annual Marche de Noel on Friday, December 5th, between 2 and 6pm. This beloved event allows the SDFAS to open its doors to its friends, family, prospective students and the greater San Diegan community.

This year's Marche de Noel (or Holiday market and fair) will showcase vendors from all over San Diego county. From food to decorations to beauty supplies, it'll be a great place to start your holiday shopping or treat yourself to something sweet or savoury.

Children of all ages will be delighted by the crafts tables, the petting zoo or yet again the bouncy houses.

Come ready to play games, savour some delicious food, enjoy great live music, support local businesses and make some festive memories here at SDFAS.  FREE ADMISSION

6550 Soledad Mountain Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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

Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s 5th Annual Carols of Carlsbad

Date: December 6, 2014

Sponsored by Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and Jazzercise

Carols of CarlsbadWhen: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa - 2100 Costa del Mar, Carlsbad

Come join us as Carlsbad’s school kids present a showcase of holiday music on the festive Plaza at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. The event features live musical performances from a variety of Carlsbad Unified School District classes, grades kindergarten through high school. You and your family will enjoy these lively performances plus refreshments, holiday arts and crafts, and a raffle with exciting prizes.  Admission is free and this is an outdoor event, weather permitting.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Scripps Performing Arts Academy: THE NUTCRACKER

Date: December 6, 2014

The Nutcracker
Experience Scripps Performing Arts Academy's magical production of The Nutcracker featuring dancers aged 3 1/2 to 19 years old! Don't miss the production The San Diego Union Tribune called a "Spellbinding Show"!

Saturday, December 6th at 1:30pm & Sunday December, 7th at 2pm
Scripps Ranch High School Theater, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, CA 92131

Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th at 2pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
*This activity is not associated with the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center or
the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.

Monday, December 22nd & Tuesday, December 23rd at 11:30am & 2pm
Elizabeth Ballroom at the Grand Del Mar (performances preceded by a festive holiday tea),
5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130

To purchase tickets for ALL shows and events, visit and click on “Buy Tickets”

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus Annual Winter Concert

Date: December 6, 2014

Free Choral Music Concert entitled Bright Morning / Silent Nights.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:40pm
College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue, SD, CA 92115
For concert and chorus information: Eunice Williams, Director
For publicity information: Kelci Cell, 858-455-1464,
Popular, world-class community chorus singing secular selections and holiday favorites, classical and popular, Christian and Jewish. Includes a chorus of 100 singers plus ensembles and soloists, a 7-piece orchestra, and maybe a bit of theatrics. Come join our circle of friends and share the joyful communion of voices in harmony. Free event, free parking, easy access.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Date: December 7, 2014

This new exhibit immerses visitors in a high-tech environment that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science.

Open Daily

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Battle Day

Date: December 7, 2014

This is an annual, family friendly, North County event focusing on the interpretation and commemoration of the 1846 Battle of Pasqual, the bloodiest battle fought in California during the U.S. - Mexican War.  This year the event will have enhanced living history activities that will transport visitors to the battlefield 168 years ago.

Cost:  Free

Location:  San Pasqual Batterfield State Historic Park, 15808 San Pasqual Valley Rd. Escondido CA

Free event parking located at the San Diego Archeology Center upper field.

Information:  760-737-2201 or

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Carlsbad City Library presents: Rise of the Guardians

Date: December 10, 2014

(2012, PG, 97 min.)

An epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes known as the Immortal Guardians, who enlist Jack Frost to stop the evil spirit Pitch Black from engulfing the world in darkness. Based on the book series by William Joyce and nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free.

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

Carlsbad City Library presents: Arthur Christmas

Date: December 17, 2014

When Arthur Claus, the clumsy son of Santa Claus, discovers that Santa’s high-tech ship has failed to deliver one girl's present, he sets out on a mission to deliver the last present and save the magic of Christmas.

Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free.

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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