Spring is surely in the air in Southern California this weekend. Animals, bunnies and outdoor fun are making the rounds at events ranging from butterfly festivals, ladybug days, and wildlife celebrations. Of course if you’re not excited about birds and bees, you can watch a performance of Cinderella in Balboa Park, enjoy a spring-themed outdoor event, or have your kiddo’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

A royal ball, an enchanted pumpkin, and one lost slipper set the stage for this beloved story ballet, Cinderella. A magical Fairy Godmother and other charming characters make this rags-to-riches tale a delight for all ages. Enjoy this show with the music of Provofiev and performers from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. Attendees will enjoy seeing a classic fairytale come to life accompanied by ballet and dance. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Casa del Prado,  $10-$15/person. All ages. Event details.

Easter-Themed Piñata Workshop
Families make a piñata in the shape of an egg, chick, rabbit, carrot or sheep. Sat., 12 – 2 pm, Artelexia, $15- $20/person. All ages. Event details.

Wildlife Baby Shower
This family-friendly event happens only one day each year at the beginning of our bustling baby season. The whole community is invited to have an inside look at Project Wildlife’s Triage Center, learn from a wide variety of Animal Ambassadors, enjoy vendor booths and participate in a wildlife festival with a fun-filled kid zone, games and food. Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, Project Wildlife’s Central Triage Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Cultural Celebration at UC San Diego
Visit the UC San Diego campus for the a Cultural Fair that offers live entertainment, internatioal cuisine, a Children’s Village, artisan crafts and lots more fun for the family. Sat., 10 am – 4 pm, UC San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Valley Center Food Truck Festival
This event is for all foodies and families. The day includes 16 gourmet food trucks, music, arts and crafts, a Kids’ Zone, and more. Sat., 12 – 6 pm, Bates Nut Farm, Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Ladybug Day
Participate in the “Lost Ladybug Project” sponsored by Cornell University. Search the garden for ladybugs and your information will get reported back to Cornell University. In addition, there will be lots of craft activities located in the Eucalyptus Grove by Seeds of Wonder and a release of ladybugs at noon to benefit the garden. Sat., 10 am – 12:30 pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Poway Spring Family Festival
Enjoy classic cars, crafters, live performances, food and fun activities for kids. Sun., 10 am – 4 pm, Midland Road in Poway, Free. All ages. Event details.

Butterfly Jungle
Guests are completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year hail from Africa, Asia and Central and South America and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. Fri. – Sun., 8 – 10 am, 3 – 6 pm, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, $36-$46/person (park admission). All ages. Event details.

East County

Easter Spring Fest
Enjoy free kids’ crafts, a movie about the Easter story and a nighttime egg hunt. Don’t’ forget a basked and flashlight! Fri., 6 – 8 pm, Shepherd of the Hills, Free. All ages. Event details.

Butterfly Festival
Celebrate the grand opening of the new Butterfly Pavilion by attending The Garden’s first Butterfly Festival. Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, including tours of the new enclosure, a Butterfly Discovery Lab, a Pollinator Parade, food, crafts, story time, and more. Sat., 9 am – 3 pm, The Water Conservation Garden, $5/adults, $1/ages 3-17. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Weekend Scenic Excursion Train Ride
Visit the California Oil Museum, the Art Museum, the new Agriculture Museum or the world-class murals, Southern Pacific depot and downtown shops. The second stop of the day is at the Loose Caboose Garden Center & Gift Emporium where passengers can shop or browse the fresh produce stands, local honey room, upside down gardens and koi ponds or search for antiques or that unique gift item. Fri. – Sun., 12 – 4 pm, Fillmore & Western Railway, $25 – $10/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us what’s on your calendar in the comments! 

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego Civic Youth Ballet