15+ Spring Break Ideas   

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Ongoing Events - Spring Break 2024

Roar & Snore Safari. Experience a sleepover and observe the nighttime activities of wildlife and morning wildlife presentations. Starting at $160–$180. Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org

Padres Home Games. Enjoy Padres home games from America's #1 Ballpark! Tickets: www.padres.com

Dino Valley. This new land features an interactive build-and-play area, tons of prehistoric fun and three roar-some rides including DUPLO Little Dino Trail, Explorer River Quest and Coastersaurus. Open daily. Legoland, One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. Tickets: www.legoland.com 

Family Fun at the Rink. Roller skating, live DJs and more. Sat. & Sun. afternoons. $15; includes skates. Ringer’s Roller Rink, 6060 Federal Blvd. www.ringersrollerrink.com

Whale & Dolphin Watching. Search for Gray Whales, dolphins, sea lions and more. $39–$52; 3 & under free. Pier Two, 970 N. Harbor Dr. www.cityexperiences.com

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Theme of “Spring into Color” celebrates fifty-five acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. 9 am–5 pm. Through May. $14–$23, 2 & under free. 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com

Elmo’s Eggstravaganza. Scavenger hunt, dance party, parade and more Easter fun. Daily through April 7. Sesame Place, 2052 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista. Tickets: www.sesameplace.com

LEGOLAND Water Park. Features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River plus Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park comprising 10 acres of water fun. April 1–7, then weekends through May 26. 11 am–5 pm. One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad. Tickets: www.legoland.com 

Butterfly Jungle Safari. Become immersed in the vibrant world of pollinators while discovering the important role butterflies play in nature. Daily, March 16-May 12. $15. Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience and Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience. Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology, be immersed in the iconic artwork of either Van Gogh or Monet. Two separate experiences through May 5. $27.99–$42.99. Wyland Center, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.beyondvangogh.com

FREE Belmont in Bloom. Dive into the wonders of Spring with stunning floral arrangements, vibrant sculptures and local artists and performances. Weekends through May 27. Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com 

U-Pick Strawberry Fields. Daily, 9 am–5 pm. Carlsbad Strawberry Company, Cannon Rd. & I-5. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com 

San Diego Gulls Home Games. Starting at $20. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Tickets: www.sandiegogulls.com

San Diego Mojo. Women’s pro volleyball. Viejas Arena, SDSU, 5500 Canyon Crest Rd. www.provolleyball.com 

San Diego Seals Lacrosse. Starting at $15. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. www.sealslax.com

Residents FREE Days at Balboa Park. Park museums offer free admission Tuesdays on a rotating basis throughout the month to residents of the City and County of San Diego, and to active military personnel and their dependents. Schedule: www.balboapark.org

Seven Seas Food Festival. Sip and sample your way around the world of international flavors and enjoy live musical performances along the way. Fri., Sat. & Sun. through April 28. SeaWorld, Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. Tickets: www.seaworld.com/san-diego  

 

Saturday, April  |  13

FREE All Inclusive Day of Play: Starry Night Cinema & Resource Fair. Join the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego for a fun night with activity booths, games, family resources and “Finding Nemo.” 5–9 pm. The Salvation Army Kroc Center Field, 6753 University Ave. www.snrfsd.org. Register: https://inclusivedayofplaymovie2024.eventbrite.com

FREE San Diego Made Spring Market. Over 120 craft vendors, gourmet food trucks, live music performances, craft stations, photo ops and more. 11 am–7 pm. La Mesa Blvd. www.sandiegomade.org

Elmo’s Springtacular. Furry fun and an exciting lineup of special events. Select dates through May 19. Sesame Place, 2052 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista. Tickets: www.sesameplace.com

FREE Spring Egg Hunt. 11 am-3 pm. Spring Valley Community Center, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. www.sdparks.org 

FREE Arbor Day. 9 am–12 noon. Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas. Details: www.encinitasca.gov

 

sunday, April  |  14

Rady Children’s Wild Walkabout. Captivating animal encounters, hands-on activities and a special Wildlife Explorers Basecamp celebration. 7–10 am. San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr. Register: https://radyfoundation.org/get-involved/events/wild-walkabout   

Science Club: Recycling Revolution. Learn about the importance of recycling, waste management and environmental sustainability through hands-on activities and discussions. Girls only: 10 am–12 noon; all scientists: 1–3 pm. $18. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

Rolando Street Fair. Rock climbing wall, inflatables and more. 10 am–6 pm. $5 play all day kids zone. Rolando Blvd. www.rolandocc.org/rolando-street-fair 

Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

 

Saturday, April  |  20

Party for the Planet. Dance parties, people powered music and interactive stations that show how we can collectively tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges. Today & tomorrow, 11 am–3 pm. $19.95–$24.95. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu 

Coronado Flower Show: Ocean of Flowers. The largest tented flower show in the U.S. Today, 1–5 pm & tomorrow, 10 am–4 pm. $10; under 12 free. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave. www.coronadoflowershow.com 

FREE Family Discovery Walk: Wildflowers. Discover the colorful wildflowers that adorn Mission Trails in the Spring. 1–2:30 pm. Kumeyaay Lake Campground, 2 Father Junipero Serra Tr. www.mtrp.org 

FREE Catch the Wellness Wave HealthCorps Health Fair. Jump into fitness demos, nutrition workshops, learn about cool ways to handle stress and more. Skyline Hills Branch Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Rd.  www.eventbrite.com 

FREE La Mesa Earth Day Fair. Fun, education and excitement. 11 am–3 pm. MacArthur Park, 4900 Memorial Dr. www.cityoflamesa.us 

FREE Spring Family Fun Days Arts & Crafts Market. Food, vendors, face painting, bounce house and more. Today & tomorrow, 9 am–4 pm. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz 

Junior Science Club: Fantastic Forces of Nature. Investigate natural forces like magnetism, electricity and weather phenomena through hands-on experiments and captivating demonstrations. 9–10:30 am or 11 am–12:30 pm. $18. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

FREE Earth Day Festival. Make origami butterflies and cotton cloud rainbows, handle worms and compost and more. 10 am–3 pm. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.  https://altavistabotanicalgardens.org

FREE Stay Classy O’Side Earth Day Community Event. Educational booths, activities, games for kids and more. 9 am–12 noon. Libby Lake Park, 424 Calle Montecito, Oceanside. www.ci.oceanside.ca.us

FREE Creek to Bay Cleanup. The largest cleanup in SD County. 9 am–12 noon. Register: https://cleansd.org/creek-to-bay 

 

 

 

**Things change. That’s why we’ve included 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: April 2024

 

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