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5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

From whale watching to hiking, here are some of the best events and things to do this weekend in San Diego!

1. Whale Watching: It’s that time of year when the gray whales make their annual migration from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California where they birth and rear their young. Whale watching season runs through March 2012.

2. All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals: Through February 8, 2012, the San Diego Natural History Museum is presenting the gem and mineral exhibition, All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals. Discover how the same Earth processes that build landscapes produce dazzling gemstones and precious metals—even right here in San Diego County, one of the most famous gem-producing regions in the world.

3. Harold and the Purple Crayon: From January 7-16, the Junior Theatre presents Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Casa del Prado Theatre, in Balboa Park. A favorite in the world of picture books gets even more exciting when it comes to life on stage. Harold goes to the circus, swims in the sea, and gets to be on television all through the magic of his crayon and the wonders of theatre.

4. Hiking: If your New Year’s Resolution is to get fit, try spending some time on San Diego’s trails. It’s a great way to get a little exercise and let’s face it, the weather couldn’t be better right now! My favorite; Torrey Pines.

5. Trash, The New Children’s Museum: Be sure to take your kids to The New Children’s Museum to learn about all that Trash we throw out on a daily basis. Did you know that in the United States, annual production of waste has tripled since 1960? That the average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day? In this exhibition, their mission is to change how we see trash, and changing perspective starts by asking more questions.

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5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum: Features the work of 12 artists from around the globe focused on the kid-friendly and timely topic of trash. The exhibition encompasses each work of art, hands on art-making projects, school curricula, artist lectures, family workshops and special events. The exhibition opens with a free community block party on October 15 and 16.

2. US Grant Prohibition Party: San Diego’s original 1930’s heyday speakeasy will be holding an inaugural modern-day Prohibition party. Held in the space that connects an underground tunnel from the original speakeasy to the Port of San Diego where booze was once illegally smuggled. The event will take place during the hotel’s 101st birthday, October 16. The event is open to the public and will feature jazzy live music from the era with various food and crafty beverage stations.

3. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld: Discover an ocean of Halloween fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular every weekend in October. Catch silly and spooky shows including the Pirates 4-D movie experience. Then join in The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure in a walk-through adventure. Enjoy photo ops with your favorite friends from Sesame Street and trick-or-treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters.

photo by Mike Rollerson

4. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park: The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. True to form, the Trail is not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Runs through October 31 (except Mondays and Tuesdays.)

5. Spooky Science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Fall into Spooky Science at the Fleet! Learn about all things scary from glow in the dark Flubber to spider webs and shocking activities. Special activities are only $2 with admission. Creep into the Discovery Lab if you dare; available Saturdays in October only.