While spring has not officially sprung, the events in Southern California make it seem like the season is in full bloom. Kids can be master gardeners at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Garden and cook in the kitchen at Olivewood Gardens. Plant seeds and make salads at the Alta Vista Gardens. There’s also the Carmel Valley Spring Fair and a Spring Wildlife Walk at the San Elijo Lagoon. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

San Diego Robotics Competition
Kids will love checking out the remarkable variety of robots developed and operated by high school teams from around the world. Fri. – Sat., 8 am, Valley View Casino Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Show Me a Story
Imagine your kiddo’s eyes light up with wonder as a story that has never been thought of before comes to life before their eyes. They help pick the characters, the location and what happens, and a team of improvisors make it come true! Perfect for those aged 3-300, this is a show not to be missed. Sat., 12 pm, Finest City Improv, $5-10/person. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

North County

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County, in partnership with The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, invites the public to its new demonstration garden. Visitors to The Flower Fields can tour vignettes of different gardens that will be exhibited such as a square foot garden, a pizza garden, an edible front yard, and drought tolerant native garden. Fri. – Sun., 9 am – 6 pm, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, Free with admission to Flower Fields. All ages. Event details.

Carmel Valley Spring Fair
Enjoy food trucks, bounce houses, live music, prizes, vendors and a talent show for elementary and middle schools that will award a $10,000 Continued Education Grant to the winner. Sat., 11 am – 3 pm, Carmel Valley, El Camino Real and Valley Centre Dr., Free. All ages. Event details.

Spring Wildlife Walk
Explore San Elijo Lagoon’s south side that highlights woodland, coastal sage scrub, and a view of the salt marsh. Sat., 9 – 11 am, San Elijo Lagoon, Free. Ages 9 and up. Event details.

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Kids in the Garden: Planting with Farmer Jones
Kiddos will have the chance to plant seeds in the Incredible Edibles Garden, learn about plant parts through a special song and build a salad. Sat., 10 am – 12 pm, Alta Vista Gardens, $5/person. All ages. Event details.

American Girl Fashion Show
American Girl fans will see their favorite characters come to life in this annual event hosted by the Scripps Performing Arts Academy. The show features historical and contemporary girls’ clothing worn by American Girl characters, and retells some of their stories and backgrounds. There will also bee opportunity drawings, party favors and American Girl souvenirs. Sat. – Sun., 2 pm,  Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, $35/person. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Play
Families will love this Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors that comes to life in this musical parable. Fri. – Sat., 7 pm, Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center, Chula Vista High School, Ticket prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Kids in the Kitchen
Little green thumbs will love this mix of gardening and cooking. They’ll enjoy cooking demos, healthy recipes and activities in the Olivewood Garden Children’s Garden. Sat., 10 am – 1 pm, Olivewoord Gardens, Free. Ages 6 – 13.  Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be playing outside?

–Leah R. Singer

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