photo: Zachary Barron

Leap over to the stunning ballet production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” jam to the tunes of Hullabaloo in a gorgeous winery setting, take a ride on Thomas the Train! This weekend is in full bloom with fabulously fun springtime events. Read on for the scoop!

Rancho Bernardo

Hullabaloo Performance at Rancho Bernardo Winery
Enjoy a fun filled-celebration of music, dance and family at the Hullabaloo performance in the beautiful setting of the Bernardo Winery. Bring a picnic blanket for lunch afterwards and savor a glass of wine while the tunes play. Fri. Event details.

Balboa Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set to the enchanting music of Mendelssohn and based on William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, is a ballet about the unexpected power of love. Audiences will be filled with joy as they watch 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. This production is not to be missed for those inspired by the ballet, “The Bard” or both! Featuring close to 200 student dancers, it’s perfect for audiences, families and ballet lovers of all ages. This classic story will come to life through dance on the stage of the iconic Casa del Prado Theater for one weekend only. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

House of Scotland Tartan Day
Enjoy all that Scotland has to offer with all the family! Bagpipes, Scottish dancing, kid’s crafts, music by Highland Way, Scottish foods, clan booths, baking including Death By Chocolate & shortbread! Enjoy the wee shops and a wonderful day at beautiful Balboa Park, next to the Organ Pavilion. Sat. Event details.


Sea at Night & Shark Mission
Take a splash in the ocean without ever getting wet and become a shark explorer at SEA LIFE® aquarium’s two newest exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Both exhibits teach about marine life in a fun and interactive way. Sea at Night invites guests to jump, leap and “splash” into simulated bioluminescent waves that react to their footsteps. The reaction created by the guests’ movements demonstrates the effect of a glowing tide similar to ones often seen along the Pacific coastline. Shark Mission allows kids to come face to fin with six different species of sharks and rays on three giant touch screens. Young explorers can learn about anatomy, conservation and other cool facts through interactive activities and games. You can also hold a shark’s tooth, learn about shark skin and eggs, plus step into a shark cage! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


A Day Out With Thomas
The Day Out With Thomas 2018 Big Adventure Tour is a fun-filled event that provides kids of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas and Percy as well as participate in tons of Thomas & Friends activities. Advance tickets are recommended. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Artisans in the Atelier Workshop
These fantastic art classes for kids ages 1-5 are held in La Jolla in the Gillispie School’s beautiful atelier and community garden! Classes encourage participants to express their ideas using their hands and hearts in ways that are unique and meaningful. All classes are led by artisan Porschia Talbot of My Art Shed. Advanced registration is required online at: For more information, contact or 858-459-3773. Sat. Event details.


Julian Gold Rush Days
Step back in time for Julian Gold Rush Days. Bring the family out to enjoy this mining town of yesteryear and to celebrate the discovery of gold in this mountain community. Learn more about the town’s history with a weekend of entertainment including: panning, gem mining, tomahawk throwing, candle making, kid’s pioneer games, hayrides, farm animal visits, arts and crafts and food and drink. Note: There’s plenty of free parking. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lilac Festival & Spring Tours
The Lilac Festival is the ultimate setting in Julian to celebrate spring. You can walk through organic lilac groves and buy lilacs to take home to plant. Festival activities and entertainment include lilac themed candle dipping, vase painting, gardening, tomahawk throwing, a hayride, a jug band, fairy garden making, face painting, a petting zoo, reptile show, archery, ghost town slingshot range and loads more! Lilacs will be available for purchase until they run out! Note: Lilac Festival Activities will be available regardless of if lilacs have bloomed and will continue every weekend until lilacs are no longer available. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Carmel Valley

Cake Creators Club at Baskin Robbins
Register the kids for a delightful afternoon of cake decorating and creative fun! Kids get to take home their own masterpiece. Register soon to reserve your spot, only 12 seats per workshop! Sun. Event details.

Where are you having fun with the fam this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea