It may be Easter weekend, but there’s a lot more happening in San Diego than just egg hunt events! Head to the Maritime Museum for old-fashioned sailing and ocean activities with Sailor’s Days. Learn about sea eggs (not the plastic kind) at Birch Aquarium’s Eggstravaganza. Or bring the family to the free Day of the Child Community Fun Fair in Chula Vista. Have a great weekend!

butterfly jungle

San Diego

Sailor’s Days
Lots of fun things to do: scavenger hunt with prize, make brass rubbings, ferryboat steam engine demos, explore our ships, raising sail, rope making, knot tying, rowing.  Activities available vary each day and are offered with paid admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Fri. – Sun., 9 am – 2 pm, Maritime Museum of San Diego, $8 – $15/person (kids 3 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Children’s Book Reading
Join Casa Artelexia for the reading of The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones! Mighty Monster Mysteries! Roberto and his mother made thirty dozen confetti-filled eggs, or cascarones, for his birthday party. Roberto can’t wait to crack the hollowed, painted and confetti-stuffed eggs over his friends’ heads. But, when he goes to the kitchen to get the cascarones, they’re gone! Sat., 11:30 am, Casa Artelexia, Free. Ages 4 – 8. Event details.

Easter Surprises at Belmont Park
Celebrate Easter and an egg hunt at the beach. Treat-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the park and kids can pose for photos with the Easter Bunny. Sun., times vary by egg hunts, Belmont Park, $5/egg hunt on beach (park egg hunt is free). All ages. Event details.

North County

Eggstravaganza at Birch Aquarium
Celebrate the arrival of spring and the changes it brings by joining the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for Eggstravaganza! Explore animal eggs, discover changes in the sea by making your own plankton, create a shark egg craft, and participate in an underwater egg hunt; no baskets needed. Fri. – Sun., 11 am – 3 pm, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $9.50 – $14/person. All ages. Event details.

Butterfly Jungle
Guests are completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year hail from Africa, Asia and Central and South America and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. Old favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail and blue morpho also will be charming guests. Fri. – Sun., 8 – 10 am, 3 – 6 pm, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Free with park admission. All ages. Event details.

Meet Author Jeff McMahon of “Swimming to the Moon”
In honor of National Poetry Month, Warwick’s is pleased to present local poet Jeff McMahon with his Swimming to the Moon, A Collection of Rhymes Without Reason. If you like the poetry of Shel Silverstein, you will definitely want to join them for this author event. Sat., 2 pm, Warwick’s Bookstore, Free. All ages. Event details.

 South Bay

Day of the Child Community Fun Fair
This free event highlights storytelling, live performances, costumed characters, giveaways and local organizations that provide information on kid’s health, safety and education. Sat., 11 am – 3 pm, Memorial Park, Chula Vista, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us what’s on your calendar in the comments! 

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Leah Singer