Cool off by ice skating into the weekend, then head to the hockey rink to cheer on the San Diego Gulls. If your littles need less time near the penalty box, take them to Charm School or to chill at the Lilac Festival this official first weekend of spring. Read on to see the best places to enjoy time with your family around town.

Photo: Cameron Brantz via Flickr


Skate into the Weekend at Poway Ice Arena
Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. There are additional public skate sessions offered Weds.-Sun. Check here for more days and times. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Willy Wonka Jr.
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka JR.” is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

See #SuperShinySara Take the Stage
Sara is an excellent storyteller and a pretty good older sister. Still, her life is nothing compared to the glamorous world of her idol, @ShoppyGoddess – a teenage fashion mogul and megastar on social media. Sara longs to escape into the fabulous online world of photos, fame, and followers. But when a magical event transports her right into the social media feed itself, she discovers that having a super shiny life may not be so perfect after all. Exploring themes of authenticity, deceit, friendship and redemption, this imaginative new play reveals how empowering it can be to create your own story and take pride in who you are. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Lilac Festival
The Lilac Festival is the ultimate setting 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, glass vase painting, gardening, tomahawk throwing, a hayride, a hoedown and jug band, fairy garden making, face painting and a petting zoo. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Point Loma

San Diego Gulls vs. Bakersfield Condors
Head to the hockey rink to cheer on the San Diego Gulls as they take on the Bakersfield Condors! Hockey is such an exciting sport to watch with the family! Sat. Event details.

Carmel Valley

Mrs. Parker’s Charm School: Three-Course Dining Table Manners
Mind your P’s and Q’s at Mrs. Parker’s Charm School: Three Course Dining. Children go through a mock three-course meal to practice place settings, utensil use, table manners and table talk vs. not table talk. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

San Diego Race for Autism
Help change the lives of thousands of San Diego families at the Race for Autism featuring a 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile Superhero Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes, refreshments, and more! Costumes and strollers welcome. 100% of Race donations support San Diego autism programs, services, and hundreds of local classrooms. Register at Sat. Event details.

Ultimate Dinosaurs Family Day at theNAT
Explore your love for all things prehistoric by going on a dino-themed scavenger hunt, trying your hand at dinosaur science games and creating dinosaur-inspired art to take home. There will also be a special ride through prehistoric times on Ms. Frizzle’s Magic Schoolbus. It’ll be the most fun you’ve had in 75 million years. Sun. Event details.


Babyfest 2017
BabyFest, hosted by Babies in Bloom Birth and Wellness Center, is an expo designed to bring the latest in products, services and information to babies, toddlers and those who love them. There will be over 50 vendors and free babywearing, cloth diapering and car seat safety demos. Note: There will be Food Trucks at the event. Sat. Event details.

Where are you headed this weekend? Tell us in the comments.

––Beth Shea