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. Enjoy a beautiful ballet performance of The Sleeping Beauty in Balboa Park. Have some neighborhood fun at the Rolando Street Fair in El Cajon. Or drive just a bit north for the Little Heroes Love “Marvel Universe Live!” show. Your super heroes will love you for it! Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Performance
In the ballet adaption of The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora is cursed to sleep for 100 years, so Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration is the absolutely perfect time for her to wake up! Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Casa del Pardo Theatre,  $10-$18/person. All ages. Event details.

Dye Your Eggs Nature’s Way
Chef Karrie will be teaching the kiddos how to safely dye eggs the natural way, without store bought kits. Guests will participate in the workshop, receive three organic eggs for dyeing in a selection of natural colors and a tasty family-friendly lunch with choice of beverage. Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar, $20/person. All ages. Event details.

Easterpalooza
Enjoy Easterpalooza that’s a day full of fun, including a petting zoo full of fluffy bunnies, an egg hunt, face-painting, games with prizes plus a Street Fair featuring a panorama of very unique wares, and a fabulous Farmers Market. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., North Clairemont Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Rolando Street Fair
This family-friendly event, held on several blocks of Rolando Blvd., just south of El Cajon Blvd., features live music, carnival rides, vendors, activities for kids, a food court, and much more. Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Rolando Blvd. in El Cajon, Free. All ages. 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

Flower Field Kids Day
Bring the family to the Flower Fields for Kids Day for a day full of fun activities for kids like arts and crafts, face painting and Ronald McDonald. There’s also a sweet pea maze, live music, and Make and Take workshops. Sun., 12 – 5 p.m., Carlsbad Flower Fields, $6 – $12 (free for kids 2 and under). All ages. Event details.

Treasure Hunt and Photo with the Easter Bunny
Kids can complete a treasure map and receive a gift bag with goodies. And best yet, you’ll be hunting along with the Easter Bunny. Sun., 12 – 2 p.m., Old California Restaurant Row, Free. Ages 12 and under. Event details.

Orange County

Little Heroes Love “Marvel Universe Live!”
Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man and The Avengers (yep: Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more will all be there) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. Fri. – Sun., various times, Honda Center, $20-$135. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Bates Nut Farm Facebook page