Spring is in full bloom in San Diego! Whether you’re looking for something to do as a family over spring break or you want to soak up every ounce of fun in the sun any day of the week, we’ve rounded-up over 20 events in April that will delight and excite your little buds. From Thomas the Train rides and the opening of the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel to The Flower Fields, butterfly encounters, forest school outings, the Padres KidsFest and so much more, read on for where to live it up!

photo: City of Carlsbad

1. Apr. 7 & 8: Julian Gold Rush Days

Head to this quaint mountain town to mine gems, pan for gold, make candles and go on a hayride! Event details.

2. Through Apr. 15: Butterfly Jungle

Immerse yourself in a magical pavilion filled with over 30 species of butterflies! Read our guide to the Jungle here before you go. Event details.

3. Through May 13: The Flower Fields

Nothing heralds spring more than fields of rainbow colored flowers as far as the eye can see. Grab your camera and head to The Flower Fields to be wowed by nature’s splendor. Event details.

4. Apr. 4-8: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This enchanting ballet features over 200 dancers who tell the story of 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. Event details.

5. Apr. 7: House of Scotland Tartan Day

Honor all things Scotland with bagpipes, Scottish dancing, kid’s crafts, music by Highland Way, Scottish foods, clan booths, baking including Death By Chocolate & shortbread! Event details.

photo: A Day Out With Thomas

6. Apr. 7, 8, 14, 15: Day Out With Thomas Big Adventures Tour

Take a 25-minute train ride with the famous engine Thomas and an added ride with his railway friend Percy. Kids will also meet Sir Topham Hatt. Little engineers will go loco! Event details.

7. Wednesdays in April: Free Forest School

Leave the city behind and venture into the forest at this free Forest School where kids can explore the great outdoors and delve into nature. Event details.

8. Apr. 14: Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms

Take your little sweet peas to find their way through the towering, fragrant sweet pea maze at Summers Past Farms, where this event celebrates the dainty flower. You can cut your own sweet pea bouquets (while supplies last), have a picnic on the grass area and enjoy live music with Jim Earp. Event details.

9. Apr. 14: The Inflatable Run & Festival

This fun, family event features a kid-friendly 1 mile/5k inflatable obstacle course, free activities including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, dance parties, delicious food, magic shows and many more fun surprises. It promises to be a day full of unforgettable family memories. Event details.

photo: Diapers-n-Heels

10. Apr. 15: Padres KidsFest

Join in the family fun at KidsFest at the Park featuring bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and more kid-friendly activities starting 2.5 hours before every Sunday home game. Event details.

11. Apr. 15: Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Fawn over this beloved fruit at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival where kids will enjoy playing with their food: designing avocado race cars and “Mr. Potato Head” style avocados, while you nosh on guacamole. Event details.

12. Apr. 18: Taste of Liberty Station

Live entertainment, art exhibits, tastes of delicious foods and a variety of flavors from the Liberty Station restaurants make this outing a hit. There’s even childcare offered at Kid Ventures while you attend the Taste! Event details.

13. Apr. 21-29: April in Bloom

Spring is in full bloom at this 9-day public celebration featuring a Maker’s Market, crafts and butterfly encounters. Event details.

photo: Mission Federal ArtWalk

14. Apr. 21 & 22: Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Your kiddo’s favorite pups come to life on stage in this lively show that highlights teamwork and heroic rescues! Event details.

15. Apr. 21: Earth Day Celebration in Carlsbad

It’s all about Mother Earth at this celebration that includes live music, gardening classes, composting workshops, worm bins and storytimes! Event details. Click here for more fantastic events to celebrate Earth Day with your kids.

16. Apr. 28 & 29: San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

This Expo bonanza caters to kids with a showcase of products for families indoors and a super-fun fair outdoors featuring a zip-line, pedal kart race cars, zorbing balls, euro bungees and more! Event details.

17. Apr. 28: San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival

Introduce your tykes to the amazing Bard at this Festival which brings Shakespeare to life through spoken word, music and dance. Students dressed in terrific costumes perform 10-minute scenes on multiple outdoor stages. Event details.

18. Apr. 28: Spring Butterfly & Garden Festival

It’s a real garden party! Face painting, photos with Ms. Metamorphosis and a pollinator party with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ are only the beginning! Event details.


19. Apr. 28 & 29 Little Italy’s Mission Federal ArtWalk

This awesome ArtWalk is the largest fine art festival in SoCal. In addition to the expansive works of art on display, kids will love the live music and dance performances, interactive art activities, street food and family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk. Event details.

20. Apr. 27: The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel opens!

Go stay at the brand new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel which opens this month and boasts 250 rooms with three themed floors – Knights & Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard and is decked out with 2,100 LEGO® models created from more than three million colorful bricks!  Stay tuned for our feature story on the Hotel.


Which April event are you most excited about? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea


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