A couple of years ago, my then-5-year-old son and I were walking the trails at . Suddenly, he stopped short, and thinking he had seen an animal, I asked him if he was OK. “Listen to all those birds,” he said. “It’s like a symphony of nature.”
The lagoon is ripe for those kinds of revelations about our local environment and history, and perhaps there’s no better time to experience that than during Family Discovery Days. The next session, which takes place July 30 and 31, focuses on the Native American history of our area through storytelling and interactive activities, says publicist Joe Ditler.
Catherine Wallace, a descendant of the Luiseño tribe, tells stories passed down through her family at 2 p.m. both days. In addition to her stories, Wallace also shares artifacts such as a bow and arrows, woven baskets, and gourd rattles and other instruments. Kids can also try acorn grinding and digging at an “archeological site,” and enjoy games and crafts.
And mark your calendar for Oct. 22 and 23, when the fall Family Discovery Days takes on a seasonal theme, “Not-So-Scary Estuary.”
Family Discovery Days takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30-31 at the , 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Free. 760-634-3026.
In keeping with the summer reading club’s global theme, Senorita Carmelita Tangerine stars in an interactive puppet show featuring costumes with an international flair on July 30 at the . The free show starts at 10:30 a.m. 2081 Newcastle Ave., sdcl.org.
The hosts a blood drive Aug. 10. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of , 687 S. Coast Highway 101. Make an appointment at sandiegobloodbank.org by clicking on “Donate Blood,” then “Bloodmobiles.” Donors get a free tote and produce. Encinitas101.com.