Happy March! Not sure what you’re doing with the kiddos this weekend? No problem! The Read and Romp Festival promises to be fun for the entire family with literacy, Clifford, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and goodie bags. There’s also Reading Day at the New Children’s Museum if you want more literary fun. Stock up on spring and summer clothes at the Kids Consignment Sale in Oceanside. Or enjoy one of the many museum and activities happening in Orange County. Enjoy the first weekend of March as spring is almost upon us!


San Diego

Read and Romp Festival
A fun family event raising money for early literacy programs in San Diego County. Clifford and Thing 1 and Thing 2 will greet guests, a continental breakfast will be provided, activity/craft stations, children’s band Hullabaloo will perform, local author storytime, raffle/silent auction, goody bags, free books. Sat., 9:00 am, McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station, $10 – $30. All ages. Event details.

Chelsea’s Run
In honor of Chelsea King, the 3rd annual Finish Chelsea’s Run will take place in Balboa Park where Chelsea loved to visit and where she practiced with the San Diego Youth Symphony. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and refreshments. This annual run/walk is now the primary fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund. Sat., 6:00 am, Balboa Park, $10 – $40. All ages. Event details.

Reading Day
Families will celebrate literacy with a day of storytelling, art-making activities and special workshops at The New Children’s Museum! The festivities mark the sixteenth annual Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and is celebrated by millions of school children across the country. Kids will experience all of the imagination, creativity and fantasy that are ignited by reading! Sat., 10:00 am, The New Children’s Museum, Free with paid admission. All ages. Event details.

Kite Festival
The Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival marks a fun day of festivities including kite making, decorating, flying and judging, am arts and crafts fair, parade, food and live music. Free style kite flying follows later in the day at the beach. Food, music, and kite flying demonstrations throughout the day. Sat., 9:00 am, Dusty Rhodes Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Kids Consignment Sale
Come shop and save on countless bargains for your kids at the San Diego Kids Consignment spring sale event. The sale features amazing savings of 50 to 90% off retail on new and gently-used baby and kid gear. Strollers, jumpers, pack-n-plays, toys, books, shoes, nursing & feeding accessories, boppies, beach gear, maternity and women’s apparel, and much more! Fri, 9:00 am, Camino Town and Country Center, Oceanside, Free admission, All ages. Event details.

Flower Fields Opening Day
Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – the Carlsbad Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season. Fri., 9:00 am, Carlsbad Flower Fields, $6 – $11. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Bounce Boot Camp
Bounce Boot Camp is the FIRST company in the world that combines the invigorating fun of inflatable obstacle courses, castles, and slides in to a fitness and educational program for kids. Sat., 9:00 am, Christ Lutheran Church & School, Free. All ages. Event details.

Indiana Jones Archeology Adventure
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, presented by the National Geographic Society, immerses you in the science and history of field archaeology. Walk in the footsteps of beloved film hero Indiana Jones as you embark on this interactive museum adventure. Sun., 10:00 am, Discovery Science Center, $12.95 – $14.95. All ages. Event details.

Ocean Education Center
Enjoy ocean-themed exhibits, view hundreds of living ocean animals, and witness shark and jellyfish feedings. Sun., 10:00 am, Ocean Institute of Dana Point, $4.50 – $6.50. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Enjoying a reading activity? Heading to a museums? Or playing outdoors? 

– Leah R. Singer

Image courtesy of Read and Romp’s Facebook page.