Photo: Bates Nut Farm

Get an early start on your Easter festivities by hopping aboard the Bunny Train, nosh on free tacos at Puesto’s 5th birthday party, head to the Padres Kids Fest or take in an Ugly Dog Contest. This weekend will be anything but dull!

Balboa Park

Yaycation at San Diego Zoo
It’s “Yaycation” time at the San Diego Zoo, with special activities for the whole family including animal experiences, live music, zoo character meet and greets, Zoolahoops hula hooping activities, Dr. Zoolittle leading entertaining excursions through parts of the Zoo—and more! Most Yaycation activities take place on Saturdays & Sundays. Click here for the schedule of events. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Time for Three Concert
Join Classics 4 Kids for a concert to benefit music education, featuring Time for Three, a group that defies any traditional genre classification. Part of the new generation of classically trained musicians, the trio mixes all kinds of music — 90s hip-hop, grunge, bluegrass — with pop and classic standards for a high-energy concert filled with life and passion. Tf3 brings a wide variety of music to the stage, from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more. Their music is appealing to audiences of all ages. Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Infinity Cube at Birch Aquarium
The Infinity Cube at Birch Aquarium at Scripps is an immersive art installation that explores bioluminescence by combining glowing creatures with world-class science, high-tech projection and an original soundscape. Step into an 8-foot cube and become surrounded by video projections of single-celled marine organisms — called dinoflagellates — reacting to various stimulants such as the human heartbeat, music, water flow and air pressure. Through activities and interpretation accompanying the installation, guests will have opportunities to learn more about the phenomenon of living light and how marine species use it for camouflage, protection and communication. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Skate Rising Skateboard Clinic for Girls
Skate Rising is a learn, serve and skateboard program for girls that’s both fun and empowering. Each month girls will learn about a need in the community and how to fulfill the need via community service. They’ll then participate in a skateboard clinic that’s run by professionals in the skate industry. Snacks and drinks provided by Nekter Encinitas and pHive Bar. The session also features a fun raffle for the participants, with items donated by local businesses. Sat. Event details.

Solana Beach

Gymboree’s Egg Hunt Party for Babies & Toddlers
Join Gymboree for a special egg hunt party just for babies, toddlers and kids up to 5 years-old. In addition to the egg hunt, festivities include spring crafts, face painting, balloon animals and more. Egg hunt schedule is: 1:30-3:00 p.m. for 16 months and under and 3:30-5:00 p.m. for 17 months – 5 years. Note: Space is limited so call 858-764-0500 to reserve your spot. Sat. Event details.

Flinn Springs

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 under the shady pavilion. Note: Sweet pea bouquets cost $3. Sat. Event details.

Valley Center

Easter Egg Hunt at Bates Nut Farm
Head to beautiful Bates Nut Farm to hunt for Easter eggs and enjoy crafts, games, raffles, visits with farm animals and more. Crafts start at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 11a.m Sat. Event details.


Campo Bunny Train Event
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is a one-stop ‘hop’ to Easter fun. Families will enjoy an hour-long train ride aboard the Bunny Train, visits with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt for big kids and one geared for little ones. Kids can turn in the plastic eggs they find in exchange for sweets and prizes. Note: Tickets can be purchased in person the day of the event at the Campo Depot. Advance reservations are not required. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Enjoy Free Tacos at Puesto’s 5th Birthday Party
To celebrate their 5th birthday, Puesto will be serving complimentary tacos and aguas fresca in the courtyard of The Headquarters. There will be face painters, balloon artists and jumpy houses for entertainment, just like the best 5 year-old’s birthday party. Bring the whole family to the free fiesta that everyone is sure to enjoy! The restaurant will open for regular business at 11a.m. and the birthday celebration will continue in the courtyard until 1 p.m. Sun. Event details.

Padres Kids Fest
Cheer on the Padres against the San Francisco Giants. This special Kidsfest day includes Compadres Kids Sunday signings and postgame kids run the bases. There will also be a Fun Zone complete with fun activities and kid-friendly things to do: Bounce houses, face painters, balloons and more. Sun. Event details.

Del Mar

22nd Annual Ugly Dog Contest
This is more than an ugly dog contest. There will also be prizes awarded for cutest dog, best trick, dog who looks like their owner and more. Gift baskets with dog products will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. Gift bags with samples will be handed out to the first 100 people to check in the morning of the contest. Note: Bring a non expired canned good and receive one free ticket for the raffle (cash and other great prizes). Food will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Contest begins at 11:15 a.m. Sun. Event details.

Where’s your family having a ball this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

–– Beth Shea