Sure, it may be Easter weekend, but we have a feeling you may be a bit tired of egg hunts and bunnies. That’s why we wanted to make sure you know about lots of activities happening around Southern California that don’t involve eggs of any kind. Your family can participate in the Race of Autism in Balboa Park; see the grunion run at La Jolla Shores; or visit Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. And just in case you do want some bunny fun this weekend, we have you covered as there are lots of spring and Easter egg hunts lined up too. Have a great last weekend of March!


San Diego

Race for Autism
Bring the family out to participate in this 5K timed run or the one-mile Family fun Bunny Walk. The day also includes Easter crafts and games, a resource fair, music and other activities, all while supporting the National Foundation for Autism Research. Sat., 7:45 – 11:30 am, Balboa Park. Registration costs vary. All ages. Event details.

Easter Bunny Tea
Kids have a great time with the Easter Bunny while enjoying an afternoon tea, magic tricks, an egg hunt and more. Fri. – Sat., 2:30 – 5:00 pm, The Westgate Hotel, $26 – $39. All ages. Event details.

North County

Grunion Run
Observe the mysterious grunion spawn the beaches of La Jolla. The night offers an interactive presentation on grunion, a chance to see the grunion eggs hatch, and a moonlight breach exploration to witness the grunion run! Advance registration is required. Fri., 11:00 pm – 1:00 am, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $14. Ages 6 and up. Event details.

Spring Party with Bunny
Kids are invited to visit the Garden’s bunny and make some colorful spring crafts. Children will also parade through the Garden, go on a bunny hunt, and enjoy a rabbit picnic. The event is limited to 50 kiddos per party, so be sure to pre-register. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens, $12 – $15 per kid, plus admission. Ages 2 – 6.  Event details.

Eggstravaganza Spring Festival
Bring the family out for an egg scramble, crafts, games, a Fun Zone, obstacle course, and a chance to soak the bunny! Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Poinsettia Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

EGGStravaganza at Birch Aquarium
Discover the wonders of the sea as you see egg-laying marine animals, make a shark egg craft, listen to talkes and join a unique underwater egg hunt. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $9.50 – $14. 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. Old favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail and blue morpho also will be charming guests. Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, $44/adults; $34/ages 3-11; 2 and under free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Princess Jillibean
Meet Princess Jillibean at Play Town while enjoying free face painting, crazy hair and makeup for girls! Fri., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Play Town, $9. All ages. Event details.

Spring EGGStravaganza
Bring the entire family to Santee Lakes for continuous egg hunts, live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, craft booths and carnival rides. Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Santee Lakes, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be egg hunting or doing something completely unrelated to the holidays?

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Create-Celebrate-Explore blog.