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Cirque du Soleil is swinging into town, The Flower Fields are alive with blooms and Disney’s Frozen: The Hit Broadway Musical takes to the stage. Read on for all the fun things to do with kids in San Diego this March.

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Visit The Flower Fields

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Carlsbad! The Flower Fields are open Mar.1-May 10. Go Behold over 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that offer a wondrous display of color. Also enjoy a wagon ride pulled by an antique tractor, a sweet pea maze, mining for gemstones, a Santa’s village-themed playground and more. This year you can also find Dole Whip, chocolate covered strawberries, soft serve, and shakes at The Strawberry Shack of Carlsbad at The Flower Fields.

This season at The Flower Fields, Kid's Day is Mar. 22. There will be special activities including a bounce house, drumming, bubble making, ballooning & face painting, and an appearance by the Fern Street Circus.

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See Cirque du Soleil's OVO

Cirque du Soleil is swinging into San Diego with the enchanting masterpiece, OVO. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a rush into a colorful ecosystem, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are intensely curious about this object that represents the mystery and cycles of their lives. It's love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 52 performing artists from 14 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. OVO is now a Cirque du Soleil classic. It features over 10 different high level acrobatic acts such as Foot Juggling & Icarian Games, Hand Balancing, Contortion, Aerial Straps, Slackwire, Russian Cradle and a signature final act mixing Trampoline, Tumbling & Rock-Climbing.

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Attend EXPO Day at Petco Park

Join the fun March 7th for the 12th annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, the largest STEAM Festival in Southern California! The Festival kicks off with Expo Day at Petco Park for a free day of family-fun and learning. Bring the family to interact with 150+ exhibitors and STEAM professionals from San Diego’s local science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) industries. Whether you're extracting DNA, making slime, hanging with reptiles, coding, 3-D printing, exploring space, playing with the latest VR technology––there is something for everyone and you don't want to miss out! In the week following Expo Day, known as STEM Week, you’ll find dozens of STEAM-events and programs throughout San Diego County. Be sure to check out lovestemsd.org for a complete list of events.

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Revel at the 8th Annual International Mariachi Festival

Join the revelry at the 8th Annual International Mariachi Festival. There will be face painting, a caricaturist artist, live street art, Wow Factor Attractions, including a rock climbing wall, a Mayan Maze, petting zoo, pony rides, arts & crafts, and so much more! Free entrance for kids under 12 years old.

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Appreciate Nature at the 6th Annual River Kids Discovery Days

Bask in the great outdoors at the 6th Annual River Kids Discovery Days––two days of nature, fun and learning for kids. Families from across San Diego can participate in a free celebration of the San Diego River, featuring nature fun. Choose from a variety of volunteer projects and outdoor education opportunities to give your kids a leading role in protecting our natural resources and creating green spaces for the community.

Multiple events will take place all along the 52 miles of the San Diego River, from the mountains to the ocean and everywhere in between! Restore natural habitats, create nature-inspired community art, take a guided tour with a Park Ranger, plant native plants in a local canyon, hike at a pristine open-space preserve and much more.

RSVP required. To view the list of events and to RSVP, visit riverdiscoverydays.org.

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See What Goes Bump in the Night on This Hike

During this fun and engaging activity, 'They Only Come Out at Night,' a ranger will lead a cool night hike along the trails of Flinn Springs. You'll be on the lookout for coyotes, owls, bats, and bobcats. Don't worry, it's not too scary... but don't forget to bring a flashlight! Sorry, no dogs allowed. Day-use parking is $3. All ages are welcome. Inclement weather may cancel the event.

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See Disney's Frozen: The Hit Broadway Musical

Kids not ready to let the Frozen hype go? Take them to relive the magic of this Disney treasure at a performance of Frozen: The Hit Broadway Musical. This unforgettable theatrical experience is filled with sensational special effects and powerhouse performances. It’s a timeless tale of a family pulled apart by a mysterious secret – one sister struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, while the other embarks on an epic journey to bring her family together through the redemptive power of love. Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to parents, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. All people entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

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––Beth Shea

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