Spring is in the air this weekend in Southern California. From Easter egg hunts to festivals, there’s something to get your kiddos excited for the new season. Head to Bates Nut Farm for a fun Easter egg hunt and day with the bunny himself. Celebrate Music Month at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Or earn the art of cartooning at Carmel Mountain Ranch. Have a great weekend!

easter at batesPhoto: Bates Nut Farm

San Diego

Easter Eggstravaganza
This event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, carnival games, music, prizes, a Toddler Zone, and an egg hunt featuring 15,000 eggs! Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, Free. Ages 4-11. Event details.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Drop-in Day at the Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Family Drop-In Days take place every Sunday afternoon. Monthly themes are explored and weekly activities present projects using a variety of media and inspired by the works on view in the galleries. Join the art-making activities in The Studio, engage in family-friendly, docent-led tours, play with games and touchable objects, and Search-and-Find activities. Sun., 1-3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free with admission. Ages 6-12. Event details.


North County

Bates Nut Farm Egg Hunt
Hunt for Easter eggs and enjoy crafts, art, snacks and the Easter Bunny. Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details

March is Music Month
The early pioneers and settlers didn’t have much to work with, so they may have made their own musical instruments out of materials they found at home or in nature. This month, for our Families Make History craft, kids can choose to make one of several music makers. Try out the makings for maracas, tambourines, castanets, and a variety of musical shakers.The craft is FREE and is funded by a grant from the City of Encinitas. Sat. and Sun., 12 – 4 p.m., San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

The Art of Cartooning
Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon characters, from Japanese style manga to the Western comic strip. The program meets on the fourth Friday of the month. Today’s class theme is Picchu and Friends of Pokemon. Fri., 4 p.m., Carmel Mountain Ranch, Free. All ages. Event details.

Spring Party with Botanic Garden Bunny
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Spring Party with Bunny brings all of the quintessential spring themes to one place. Kids will create a variety of spring-themed crafts, including making their own bunny ears to wear at the party, and getting their face painted with a pink nose and whiskers to match. Party goers will also paint a ceramic flower with shiny washable tempera paint and decorate it with glitter, make a felt and paper caterpillar collage, and each kiddo will plant their own beautiful flowering plant in a pot to take home. You can also take a photo with the gentle big bunny! Sat., 10 – 11:30 a.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, $18/non-member; $15/member. All ages. Event details.

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. Sun., 1-3 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $9.50 – $14/person. All ages. Event details

East County

Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes
Continuous egg hunts, a petting zoo, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and pony rides await you! Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santee Lakes, Free egg hunt ($.50/activity). Ages 8 and under. Event details.


What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer