15+ Spring Break Ideas   

Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Please call to confirm dates, times and admission prices. Tell them you heard about their event from Family Magazine!


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Ongoing Events

Butterfly Jungle. Walk leisurely among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Through April 15; park is open from 9 am-6 pm. Free with park admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org.

Whale Watching. Encounter some of the most magnificent creatures on earth courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events. Through April 22. Daily cruises: 9:30 am & 1:30 pm. $21-$47; under 3 free. 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Experience 50 “Acres of Awesome” in this floral paradise where vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers adorn the rolling hillsides, and the fields are blazing with roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms and a greenhouse full of poinsettias. Through May 13, 9 am-6 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com.

Naturally WILD. Encounter new animals, hands-on exhibits and activities where you can learn about wildlife and how critters thrive and survive in their natural habitats. Through Sept. 3, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org.

Children’s Nature Retreat. Encounter more than 100 domesticated livestock from around the globe and see interactive presentations at this serene, ranch-style retreat. Open daily; visit website for hours and to book your visit. $15-$25; under 2 free. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www.childrensnatureretreat.org.

Tour the USS Midway Museum. Bring the whole family to view more than 60 exhibits throughout this historic aircraft carrier as well as 29 restored aircraft. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. $8-$21 (if purchased online); under 5 free. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org.

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing the scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity! Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

Speed: Science in Motion. Explore the technology behind everything fast at this new interactive exhibit where you can take a closer look at the fastest jets, planes, rockets, cars, motorcycles, boats and bicycles in the world. Enjoy monthly themes each month. Open daily, 10 am-4:30 pm. $10.75-$19.75; ages 2 & under free. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. www.sandiegoairandspace.org.

Saturday, March 24

Kids’ Days at The Flower Fields. Today, enjoy bubble-making, drumming, woodworking with The Children’s Workshop and more. Also, have a blast with Ronald McDonald, Star Kids Theater, face painting and other activities tomorrow. 9 am-5 pm. Admission: $8-$16. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com.

Magic of Adam Trent. The breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show, The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this high-tech spectacle, perfect for the whole family. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $36. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. at E St., downtown San Diego.  www.broadwaysd.com.

San Diego Crew Classic. Almost 4,400 athletes compete in more than 100 fast-paced collegiate crew races at this action-packed rowing regatta. Watch the races from the shoreline and enjoy food and fun! Today & tomorrow; visit website for schedule and tickets. Mission Bay Park. www.crewclassic.org.

Sunday, March 25

Family Discovery Walk. This guided, interactive outing focuses on fun, childhood enrichment and memorable moments in nature. 3-4:30 pm. Free. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.

Ugly Dog Contest. Don’t miss this paw-some family event that offers prizes for the Cutest Puppy, Best Trick, Best Costume (for both adults and kids), the Ugliest Dog and more. 10 am-3 pm. Visit website for tickets and contest entry information. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. http://bit.ly/uglydog2018.

Friday, March 30

East Village Opening Weekend Block Party. Celebrate Opening Day at Petco Park while exploring East Village. The 2018 Petco Park season opener ballgame features the San Diego Padres as they play host to the Milwaukee Brewers throughout the weekend. Dogs are also welcome to the block party that includes local bands, the Four-Legged Fan Parade, an interactive game zone, food trucks and more. Today, 2-8 pm & tomorrow, noon-6:30 pm. Free admission. J St., between 6th & 10th, downtown San Diego. www.eastvillagesandiego.com/opening-weekend-block-party.

Saturday, March 31

Watch a Movie Under the Stars on Del Beach. Bring a beach blanket or rent a comfy beach chair and cuddle up while watching The LEGO Batman Movie. 8 pm. Free. VIP seating $20; call to reserve in advance for guaranteed seating. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com; 619-522-8490.

Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunday

April Fool's Day

Find a basketful of egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits, brunches and Easter activities here.

Find more ideas on our Halloween Pinterest Board. Check out San Diego Family's Pinterest Boards for some family-friendly prank ideas! 

Family Fun Day at San Elijo Lagoon. Welcome resident reptiles as they wake up from brumation (like hibernation). Also, reptile-themed arts and crafts, animal encounters and hands-on activities. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Free admission. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. www.sanelijo.org/familyfun.

Monday, April 2

Grunion Run. Observe hundreds of these small silver fish ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. 11 pm-1 am. $17. Pre-purchase required. For ages 6 & up. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/programs/grunion-runs.

Friday, April 6

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. Follow the romantic adventures and misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers, a mystical king and queen, a man transformed into a donkey and a mischievous fairy named Puck. Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; April 8, 2 pm. Also, school show on April 4; Scout show on April 5. $12-$18. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.sdcyb.org.

Saturday, April 7

Free Family Activity at Renaissance Village Academy: Catapults: Make Your Own. 3-5 pm. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. www.rvaschool.org.

Sunday, April 8

San Marcos Grand Spring Festival. Carnival rides, live performances, yummy eats and vendors. 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. Along Via Vera Cruz, from San Marcos Blvd. to Linda Vista Dr. www.kennedyfaires.com.

Family Drop-in Day: Food and Art: Still Lifes. Take part in art projects inspired by the museum’s collection, go on docent-led tours and play museum-generated games. 1-3 pm. Included with admission. Recommended for families with children, ages 6-12. The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. www.sdmart.org.

 

Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Some activities require advance reservations or have limited space, don’t forget to call first to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

Updated: March 2018

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