Happy first weekend of spring (although the weather’s made it seem like summer never left!). You can ring in the season of outside fun by attending one of Southern California’s fun outdoor activities this weekend. Head to PETCO Park for the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering’s Expo Day. Exercise with the family as part of the San Diego Race for Autism. Or visit the oldest railroad structure in San Diego County at the National City Depot. Enjoy the outdoors and have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Junior Circus Class
Join the circus with this junior circus class that will give kids an introduction to several circus disciplines each week from aerial apparatuses such as trapeze, aerial silks and lyra, to tight wire walking to handstands and acrobatic movement. San Diego Circus Center is a great way for kids to explore and exercise in a creative, safe, non-competitive environment! Fri., 4 – 5 pm, San Diego Circus Center, $20/person. Ages 6-8. Event details.

Paper Flower Workshop
Join us for an afternoon of paper flower making! You’ll learn to make a variety of flowers in all different sizes. They are perfect to add to your dinner table, use as wall art, decorate gift packages, as decorations for your fiestas and so much more! Sat., 12 – 2 pm, Casa Artelexia, $20/person. All ages. Event details.

Expo Day at PETCO Park
Head to PETCO Park for the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering’s culminating event with more than 130 organizations offering hands-on activities featuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, PETCO Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

San Diego Race for Autism
This event includes a 5K timed run, 5K walk, one-mile family fun run, resource fair and kids’ activities. The theme is superheroes, so feel free to wear your favorite superhero or charter costume. Proceeds benefit local autism programs and services. Sat., 7 – 11 am, Balboa Park, $25-45/person. All ages. Event details.

Read and Romp
Travel through the pages of storybook favorites with book-themed crafts, live performances and fun activities. Sat., 9 am – 12 pm, McMillin Event Center (Liberty Station), $12-$15/person. All ages. Event details.

North County

BabyFest
See the latest in products, services and information for families and expecting parents. The event also includes speakers, panel discussion, hands-on demos on cloth diapering and baby-wearing, giveaways, and lots of activities for the kiddos. Sun., 10 am – 4 pm, QLN Conference Center, $5 – $8/person. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

National City Depot
Visit the oldest railroad structure in San Diego County. You can also enjoy a large model railroad exhibit with a multi-track layout and lots of trains with sounds, smoke and nighttime operation. Fri. – Sun., 9 am – 5 pm, National City Train Depot, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Junior Aviators Day
All Junior Aviators are invited to “take off” and explore the exciting world of flight through activities and exhibits provided through the Aviation Discovery Program. The day’s activities include: flight simulators, outdoor activities, movie screenings, hands-on exhibits, scavenger hunts, story times, and a raffle. In addition, the author of the Daddy Deploys series will be reading her latest children’s book. Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino), Free for kids 11 years and under w/ paid adult. Ages 3+. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate spring this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

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