They say April showers bring May flowers. But this April weekend is full of flowers and beauty, so hopefully there won’t be a raindrop in sight. Bring the family out to the many outdoor celebrations of the earth this weekend throughout Southern California. From Orange County to South Bay, there are street festivals to Earth Day celebrations. Your kids can also get their groove on at the Hullabaloo Music Festival, or head downtown to the NEW Children’s Museum’s free Sunday. There’s lots to keep the kiddos occupied this April weekend!

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San Diego

Children’s Museum Free Sunday
Enjoy The NEW Children’s Museum for free on the second Sunday of each month, thanks to Target! Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Diego. Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

San Elijo Hills Country Fair
Bring the family out for live international performances by local artists, a petting zoo, a train that travels through fabled  “Route 66,” inflatable slides and games, carnival rides, traditional fair food and treats, international food truck fare, crafts for kids, and more than 20 professional midway games. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Marcos. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hullabaloo Music Festival
A music festival for families! Get ready to rock the Paddock Green at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with four bands, art activities, classes, a musical petting zoo and a marketplace full of fun, family friendly vendors. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Del Mar Fairgrounds. $7. All ages. Event details.

Earth Day Festival
Celebrate the planet with eco-friendly vendors, guided tours of the Gardens, live performances and kids’ activities that include, crafts, planting and games. Plus meet Roxy the Recycling Robin! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Vista. Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

I Love a Clean Alpine
Celebrate the earth in the community of Alpine. There are lots of opportunities to recycle electronics, document shredding, household batteries, and small appliance drop-off. Families can also participate in a community clean-up along Alpine Blvd. and Wright’s Field. Sat., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Alpine. Free. All ages. Event details.

East County Earth Day
This family-friendly event features the endangered species art contest for grades K-12, speakers, musical performances, vendors, and the Children’s Corner with arts and crafts, seed plantings and a scavenger hunt. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. La Mesa. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Village Street Fair
The kiddos will love this street fair with live performances, vendors, a fun zone, food and lots more. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Chula Vista. Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Little Naturalists
Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds and their adult guardians. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. Fri., 10:00 am. Newport Beach. Ages 3 – 5. $6. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Celebrating the earth or doing other family activities? 

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of  the Alta Vista Gardens Facebook page