photo: Cirque du Soleil

It’s the first weekend of spring, but you can channel winter at Cirque du Soleil Crystal and be awed as acrobats perform an ice show. Or opt to hop on the Bunny Train, hunt eggs down on Bates Nut Farm or take in a symphony of John Williams’ music under the stars! Read on for where to live it up!

Point Loma

Cirque du Soleil Crystal-A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience is the first ever on ice show from Cirque du Soleil. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm, with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Rebels, Raiders and Supermen: The Music of John Williams
The San Diego Symphony performs the iconic film music of Oscar-winning composer John Williams featuring famous works from “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.,” and more. Pre-concert entertainment includes geeky-themed contests and activities. Cosplay is welcomed! Sat. Event details.

Vista Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast
Make like a bunny and hop to this Egg Hunt and all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast to enjoy food, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All participants must have a $5 ticket. Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. sharp for kids 11 and under. Don’t forget your camera and basket. Over 15,000 eggs will be distributed on the baseball fields. Sat. Event details.


Hop on Down to Ride the Campo Bunny Train
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.

Valley Center

Easter Egg Hunt at Bates Nut Farm
Search for Easter eggs, create crafts and take advantage of cute photo-ops with the holiday rabbits. Also, games, farm animals, raffles and more! Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Yaycation at San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is hosting its annual spring event, Yaycation! Enjoy two full weeks of fun under the sun with special animal experiences and more. Shake off the winter blues and plan your Yaycation at the Zoo! Click here for the schedule of events. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Spring 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, create a shark egg craft and participate in an underwater egg hunt; no baskets needed. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Del Mar

23rd 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. Check in is 10:15 -11 a.m. and contest begins at 11:15 a.m. Sun. Event details.

Santee Lakes

Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes
Colorful egg hunts, a petting zoo, carnival rides, arts and crafts and pony rides make for a hoppy holiday. Tickets for activities are $1 each and activities and rides range from 1-10 tickets; parking, $10. Sun. Event details.

Mira Mesa

SD Savers Kids Consignment Sale
SD Savers, a well-organized consignment sales event for children’s and small household items, invites local families to consign their new or gently used items and shoppers to find great items at a fraction of the retail price. It’s a 2-day seasonal sale event with thousands of deeply discounted, new and nearly new items for kids, babies and teens! Everything is carefully inspected and neatly organized under one roof. Prices are 50%-90% below retail. Shop the extensive selection of kids clothes (size newborn – 16), books, toys, costumes, furniture, strollers, baby gear, household items and more. SD Savers Kids Consignment only happens twice a year, you don’t want to miss it! For complete sale information and the Spring 2018 schedule, visit Sun. Event details.

Where are you having a ball this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea