Each week, Patch will give you the info on five great upcoming family activities or events.
This week, we'll help guide you through the long weekend with breaks by the sea and a dinner with doggie friends, capped by an afternoon with Beatrix Potter.
Look for the kids planner each Wednesday, and help build it with your own suggestions and tips—just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!
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Where/when: Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Encinitas, 4 p.m., Feb. 18.
Why Go: To be part of "Dinner with the Dogs," a program to give kids ages 5 and up the chance to meet, play with and eat beside some of the animals at the center. The latest in the series of monthly events comes up this week.
Price: $20, registration required.
Where/when: Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, 9 a.m., Feb. 19.
Why Go: Join San Diego Coastkeeper to freshen up the community jewel. Minors need a parent to be present to sign a waiver to participate.
Where/when: Solana Beach Family Optometry, Solana Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 19.
Why Go: To give youngsters a free eyecare screening, which includes a test for whether they need glasses. There also will be a raffle and visits by the San Diego Sockers.
Where/when: Birch Aquarium, La Jolla, 11 a.m., Feb. 19.
Why Go: For SEA Days, which this month features explorers from CalEchoes, a cruise for scientists and grad students to study the diverse Southern California coast.
Price: Free with paid museum admission of $8-$12.
Where/when: Classic Youth Theatre, 2 p.m., Feb. 20.
Why Go: To see The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's timeless children's story, as interpreted by a local theater group.