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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BEST BETS CLOSE TO HOME
- 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.
BEST BETS, A LITTLE FARTHER OUT
- 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.