Enjoy the Sounds of the Poway Orchestra This Weekend

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

The San Diego Science Festival wraps up this weekend, but if your child is crazier about music than experiments, he or she has options too.

Your choices for family-friendly activities near Poway and in San Diego, from March 23-29, include the big finish to the science festival, at Petco Park, and one youth-oriented music performance after another.

Other events include a race to help families dealing with autism.

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  • Where/when: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian, 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: Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Why Go: The new San Diego Winds Composer Festival gives five area high schools the chance to show their stuff alongside more experienced performers. Among the schools: Steele Canyon High, Spring Valley, Helix High, La Mesa, and Point Loma and Mira Mesa High, both of San Diego. 
  • 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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