Grab & Go Kids Planner: Science, Music and Clean Comedy

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

The San Diego Science Festival wraps up this weekend, but if your children are crazier about music than experiments, they have options, too.

Your choices for family-friendly activities near Rancho Bernardo and in San Diego, from March 23-29, include the big finish to the science festival at Petco Park, and two youth-oriented music performances.

Other events include a comedy night for the family and a race to help families dealing with autism.

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  • Where/when: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Rd., Rancho Bernardo, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Why Go: The San Diego Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which boasts members ages 5-25, performs a salute to Bartok.  
  • Price: $8-$12.

  • Where/when: Neighborhood Grill, 12125 Alta Carmel Ct., Rancho Bernardo, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Why Go: Comedy's great, but it's not always clean. LEC Productions bills this night, featuring five comedians, as family friendly. 
  • Price: Free.

  • Where/when: Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Why Go: The Poway Community Symphony Orchestra performs a program that includes Dvorak and Mozart, with choirs from Rancho Bernardo High School and Mt. Carmel High School. 
  • Price: Free.


  • Where/when: Balboa Park, 6th Avenue and Laurel Street, San Diego, 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why Go: To support youngsters with autism through the seventh annual Race for Autism. Includes a 5K and a 1-mile route, and a resource fair during and after the race. 
  • Price: $20-$35.

  • Where/when: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why Go: The San Diego Science Festival concludes in grand style with Expo Day at the ballpark, featuring music and hands-on experiments. Other events on the final day include the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair at Balboa Park and a Coastkeeper beach clean-up in Coronado.
  • Price: Free at Petco, varies at other sites.


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