Pirate Battle, Science Fair, Harlem Globetrotters

Your kid-friendly guide to getting out-and-about town.

Each week, we'll give you the lowdown on five great upcoming family activities or events.

Be warned, though, it's another weather-permitting kind of week, Feb. 23-27. There are some great outdoor events set for this weekend, but remember to bring your umbrella or your poncho, just in case.

Your options, near Coronado, and in San Diego, include an old-time sea battle for your little Pirates of the Caribbean fan, a big competition for young scientists and the chance to see some legendary ballers take the court.

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: Coronado library, Coronado, 3:15 p.m, Thursday.

Why Go: To join the library's Junior Volunteers, which needs new members. The group meets weekly. Those who are interested must have completed the fifth grade. 

Price: Free.




Where/when: Del Mar Fairgrounds,  8 a.m., Friday through Sunday.

Why Go: To see a competition like the ones that have become so popular on TV. Watch owners put every breed through their paces at the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show. 

Price: Free, but $9 for parking.

Where/when: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, 7 p.m., Friday and Sunday.

Why Go: The Harlem Globetrotters, the famed exhibition basketball team, come to San Diego promising to add a new trick to their arsenal of stunts: The four-point shot. Can it be done? See  for yourself.

Price: $15-$175.

Where/when: Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, 8 a.m., Saturday.

Why Go: To cheer on the local high school teams entered in the Grunion Bowl, the regional qualifying event for the National Ocean Science Bowl. Teams from Southern California and Arizona are set to compete.

Price: Free.

Where/when: Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego Bay, noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Why Go: Two tall ships will be engaging in a mock battle, complete with cannon shots — blanks, of course. Your vantage point? Onboard for every maneuver. 

Price: $35-55.


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