Grab & Go Kids Planner: On the River

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

The great outdoors: stargazing, a river adventure and a chance to spot a few animals in the wild.

These are some of the choice options if you're looking for fun things to do and see with your family near Santee and in San Diego from March 9-15. You also can grab a bargain at a big charity sale or watch some little girls make their runway dreams come true. 

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: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, after sunset, Friday and Saturday.
  • Why Go: To stargaze two last times before we spring forward and night falls a little later.
  • Price: Free.

  • Where/when: El Capitan Reservoir, Lakeside, 9 a.m. Sunday.
  • Why Go: To get out on the river by joining the San Diego River Park Foundation in a kayaking tour. Meet at the reservoir boat launch.
  • Price: $20-50.


  • Where/when: Balboa Park Activity Center, San Diego, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Why Go: To take part in a huge rummage sale by the Thursday Club. Toys and games will abound and while you pick up something for the kids, more than a dozen local arts groups and organizations that aid women, the disabled and pets will benefit too.
  • Price: Free.

  • Where/when: Qualcomm Hall, Sorrento Valley, 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
  • Why Go: Little girls love their “American Girl” dolls and here a lucky few will be able to dress in period costume just like their favorites. Others can at least watch the action as the models walk the runway during the “American Girl” Fashion Show, to benefit UCSD's neonatal unit.
  • Price: $35-$100.

  • Where/when: Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Poway, 9 a.m. Sunday.
  • Why Go: Take advantage of the first serious hints of spring by enjoying an intermediate level hike hosted by the San Diego Natural History Museum's Canyoneers. Deer and bobcats are known to roam the area.
  • Price: Free.


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