photo: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

It’s opening weekend at the Flower Fields, Moana is on stage, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is hosting their EXPO Day and you can take in a professional soccer match or attend a kids’ reading festival or yoga festival on the beach! All these and so many more family-friendly events add up to a ton of fun in store this weekend. Read on for where to go have an adventure with your kids.

Carlsbad

Opening Weekend at The Flower Fields
Behold over 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that offer a wondrous display of color. Also enjoy a wagon ride pulled by an antique tractor, a sweet pea maze, mining for gemstones, a Santa’s village-themed playground and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Carlsbad Day at LEGOLAND
Go to LEGOLAND California for just $35 (plus parking fee) during the Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Celebrate Carlsbad Day™ on March 2, 2019! A $60 two-day LEGOLAND® ticket and a $10 add-on ticket for SEA LIFE Aquarium will also be available. All proceeds from this event will support the new in-class robotics program for every 2nd-grade student in the Carlsbad Unified School District. These specially-priced LEGOLAND® tickets are on sale now. Go to carlsbaded.org/events/celebratecarlsbad/ for full details and to purchase tickets before they run out. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Disney’s Moana Jr.
Disney’s Moana Jr. tells the story of an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who helps guide her on her quest to become a master wayfinder. Special Performances! Pajama Night – Fri., March 8, 7 p.m. A favorite community tradition! Adults and children are encouraged to get cozy and enjoy this performance in the comfort of their pajamas. Children attending in pajamas will leave with a special gift, and the whole family will be back home by bedtime. Sensory-Friendly Performance – Sat., March 9, 11 a.m. This performance is designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. To reserve tickets for this free performance – contact the box office at 619-239-8355. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Liberty Station

10th Annual Read & Romp
Join the10th Annual Read & Romp- a fun, family fundraising event with activities that encourage parents to read to their children and promote a love of reading. Activities are best suited for kids age 8 and younger, but all ages are welcome. All proceeds benefit the early literacy program Reach Out and Read San Diego, a program of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first 150 children, age 2 and up receive a gift bag. With your ticket you receive access to the raffle, a light breakfast, music, story time, costume characters, crafts and more! Tickets are available at rorsd.org and aapca3.org. Please note that this venue requires guests to wear socks throughout their space. Sat. Event details.

Imperial Beach

San Diego Yoga Festival
SDYF is an epic yoga festival on the beach in Imperial Beach, San Diego. It is San Diego’s largest yoga festival reaching thousands of holistically-minded people! It celebrates humanity & health offering nonstop yoga, meditation & healing classes open to all people, of all ages & all levels of yogic understanding. There is something for people who have never done yoga before, beginners, those with a regular practice, yoga teachers & healers! With classes for kids and a yoga class for your dog everyone is welcome! There will be nonstop yoga, music, meditation and the best vending section all on the beach. You can purchase a ticket for 1-class, 1-day or the entire weekend. You can also just walk around the free vending area and experience Reiki, Massage, Sound Healing, cool shopping and healthy food. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Downtown

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day
The 11th annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, presented by the Illumina Foundation, is moving full STEAM ahead toward its highly anticipated EXPO DAY at Petco Park in Downtown San Diego. The festival, hosted by the Biocom Institute, once again begins with the family-favorite EXPO DAY on Sat., Mar. 2, to officially kick-off the week-long festival featuring hundreds of exhibitors and STEAM-related activities. EXPO DAY gives attendees a major preview of what’s to come to area businesses, schools, libraries and museums throughout the county during Festival Week (March 3-10). EXPO DAY is free and open to the public. Not only will the day be jam-packed with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, but also for the first-time-ever will include arts-related activities to showcase opportunities to infuse art into STEM. Visit lovestemsd.org for more details on the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Sat. Event details.

Point Loma

Cheer on the San Diego Sockers
Come cheer on the 14-time champions, the San Diego Sockers! San Diego Sockers are an American professional indoor soccer franchise playing in the Western Division of the Major Arena Soccer League, representing the San Diego area since 2009. Newly announced US Soccer icon Landon Donovan joins the Sockers for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Fri. Event details.

Mission Bay

San Diego Bird Festival Family Day
Enjoy Family Day at the San Diego Bird Festival! There will be live bird presentations, educational booths and activities and guided bird walks for all ages. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea