Cherry blossoms, LEGOLAND‘s Build ‘N Play Days, rainbow fields of flowers, a faery hunt and safe close encounters with snakes are all on tap this weekend! Read on for the details.

photo: LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

LEGOLAND Build N Play Days
Unleash your imagination, sleep like royalty and immerse yourself in a creative world of LEGO® during LEGOLAND® California Resort’s “Build ‘N Play” Days. This new experience offers guests a chance to explore play structures within the Park such as Kai’s Spinners and Cole’s Rock Climb in LEGO® NINJAGO® World and DUPLO® Playtown, building activities, a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., live entertainment, character meet and greets, shopping at The Big Shop and more! With ticket prices starting at $19.99, Build ‘N Play activities include a Miniland dance party where guests can do the LEGO limbo, design their own Minifigure on the roof of the Model Shop, rock out to live musical appearances in Fun Town and taste crazy food concoctions such as deconstructed S’mores and colorful churros. Two building activities have been designed to stretch children’s imaginations with separate sanitized brick packs and a space for children’s creations to stay on display each weekend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cherry Blossom Season at Japanese Friendship Garden
Celebrate the spring season as the cherry blossoms return to San Diego at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park! During the whole month of March, guests visiting JFG in person will be able to enjoy the upper and lower areas featuring koi ponds, bonsai and hanami — appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. For those unable to make their way to JFG, virtual programs will also be scheduled throughout the month of March for everyone to enjoy! Visit niwa.org/cbw to view additional details on general JFG FAQs and what to expect from this year’s Cherry Blossom Season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Visit The Flower Fields
It’s time to enjoy and marvel in the blooming of 50-acres of ranunculus flowers at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad! Melt your cares away under the glowing, warm SoCal sun. New this season: advanced reservation tickets, available online only, mask requirements for staff and visitors, social distancing as per state guidelines and protocols in all areas, exciting, new 2-Acre U-Pick Blueberry Patch that can be experienced in two ways… as part of your Flower Fields visit or if you just want to come pick blueberries you can access the Blueberry Patch from the brand-new parking area off Cannon Road. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Joshua Show
Joshua Holden is a modern day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal! When Mr. Nichols makes an unnerving self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and hopeless despair, it’s up to Joshua and his cast of characters, including Larry the Lint and the Wonderbook, to show his best friend the joy in being yourself. With live music, , physical comedy and multiple styles of puppetry, this whimsical show is sure to bring out everyone’s joyful side. Come discover why Joshua Holden was named one of “20 Theatre Workers You should Know” by “American Theatre” magazine. Sat. Event details.

A Faery Hunt Show & St. Paddy’s Day Celebration
Faeries love to celebrate!  This year, the faery folk will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day virtually.  First enjoy a recorded performance of our Irish-legend inspired musical “The King of the Fairies.” With the help of her faery court, the children embark on a musical quest to help the faeries find their rightful King of Faeryland.  After the recorded show is our St. Paddy’s Celebration. Live and interactive through Zoom, join the faery folk with storytelling, music, games, frolic and lots of silly fun! Perfect for ages  2-9 and great for the whole family. The recorded show will be available until 2:00 p.m. PST for multiple viewings. Sat. Event details.

Curiosity Club: Fantastic Fossils
Curious about local fossils? Join facilitators Airen and Marjorie to learn all about some fantastic fossils! We’ll engage with some local fossils from the Nature Museum Collection to help us understand our area’s past! We’ll explore what has changed and what has remained the same using unique fossils and more from the Museum’s collection. Sat. Event details.

SnakeSmart
Overcome your fear of snakes at this enlightening workshop for familes and kids age 5 and up. Many people have ophidiophobia or a fear of snakes for a variety of reasons. You will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding about snakes and their behavior, learn how to react if you encounter a snake in the wild, and hopefully come to appreciate these misunderstood reptiles when you learn how they benefit the ecosystem. The snakes and other reptiles that are involved in this program are not venomous, and you can choose whatever level of interaction you’re comfortable with. Registration required. Sat. Event details.

Enchanted Forest Yoga
Join us for an adventure to the Enchanted Forest that you’ll never forget! Take a magical journey as we search for the hidden door to the secret land of the Enchanted Forest! We’re sure to see some animals friends along the way but we’ll need to be clever with the Trolls. They might help us or trick us from finding the door! Once we get there, we’ll need to complete 3 important challenges for the Fairies and Dragons to trust us. Once they do, we’ll hear their magic bell, and might even see a unicorn! Costumes, wings and dressing to attract unicorns is encouraged but not needed. You’re inner-magic will always be enough! For ages 4-7 years. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea