Event Date

Event Description




March 31-April 15

San Diego Zoo’s Play Days

The animals will have fun toys to play with and special treats to eat. Featuring Dr. Zoolittle’s Bug Show, a Primate Popsicle Party, an elephant maniure and pedicure, a kids bean bag toss, Keeper Talks, critter encounters and more.

9 am-7 pm

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr. in Balboa Park

Adults: $42/Children: $32

March 31, April 1 and April 7

The Bunny Train

Join the Easter Bunny for a special celebration aboard the train. Craft project for kids and an egg hunt.

1 am and 2:30 pm

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Rd.,


Adults: $15, Children: $10 and Toddlers (ages 2 and younger): $5

April 1

East County Earth Day

Environmental and wildlife presentations, live music and kids activities.

11 am-3 pm

Mt. Helix Ampitheater

4905 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa


April 1

Family Festival

Backstage tours, demos and interactive booths, hands-on activities and music makers.

1-3:30 pm

Spreckles Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park


April 1

Family Discovery Days: Spring EGGucation

Egg hunt, trivia game, animal encounters and crafts, nature hikes and more.

1-4 pm

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea


April 1

Kids Day

Arts and Crafts, Ronald McDonald, animal balloons, face painting and more.

9 am-5 pm

The Flower Fields

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad


April 1

Vista Egg Hunt

All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, games, Easter Bunny photos and an egg hunt.

7-11 am

Vista Optimist Club

600 Optimist Way, Vista


April 6-10

Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt

Fernando Fox has stolen the Easter eggs. Come to the theater and help Benito Bunny find his missing eggs.

Wed-Fri.: 10 am and 11: 30 am; Sat-Sun.: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults $6; Children $4

April 7

Tartan Day Festival

Scottish food and desserts. Scottish bagpiping, dancers and entertainment all day.

11 am-4 pm

Balboa Park, Courtyard Lawn, Houses of Pacific Relations Cottages near Pan American Rd., San Diego


April 7

Dinosaur Family Day

Investigate dinosaur fossils, design your own dinosaur, and join Ms. Frizzle at 1 pm.

11 am-3 pm

Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, San Diego

Free with Museum admission. Adult: $16,

Senior (62+):  $14, Active military, youth (13–17), student (with ID):  $11

Youth (13-17): $11, Child (3–12):  $10

Child 2 and under: FREE

April 7

Pacific Beach

Spring Egg Hunt Celebration  

Meet a skateboarding bunny, go on an egg hunt, enjoy crafts, face painting, prizes, and a jumper.

10 am-1 pm

Pacific Beach Recreation Center 1405 Diamond St., San Diego


April 7

Spring Egg Hunt Celebration

Bring a basket to hunt for colorful eggs. Come early to decorate your own Spring Treat Bag. Peter Rabbit will be there instead of the Easter Bunny.

10 am-1 pm

La Jolla Recreation Center

615 Prospect St., La Jolla


April 7

Easter Festival

Crafts face painting, bounce houses, entertainment and egg hunts with 24,000 eggs.

10 am-1 pm

Ecke Sports Park

278 Saxony Rd., Encinitas


April 7

Torrey Hills Spring Egg Hunt

Egg hunts, music, face painting, music and more.

10 am-12 pm

Torrey Hills Neighborhood Park

4262 Calle Mejillones, San Diego


April 7

Ocean Beach Spring Egg Hunt

DJ, clowns, free fire truck rides and popcorn.

10 am-1 pm

Robb Field

2525 Bacon St., San Diego


April 7

Tracking Walk

Guide-led nature walk through the area to find animals, birds, insects, and plants.

8:30-10:30 am

Mission Trails Regional Park

Two Father Juniper Serra Trail, Santee


April 8

USS Midway Easter Celebration

Exotic animal show, safari derby races, egg hunt, petting zoo and live entertainment.

10 am-2 pm

USS Midway

910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego

Free with paid admission

April 14-15

Art Alive: Garden of Activities

Experience a garden of projects for children and families to enjoy together.  Activities will include creating flower arrangements from art materials, reading nature-inspired stories in the children’s reading area and building a paper garden on the walls.

12-4 pm

San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado,

Balboa Park , San Diego

Free with museum admission: Adults: $12, Seniors and Military: $9, Students with ID: $8, Children 5-12: $4.50, Children 4 and younger: Free

April 15

Gran Fondo San Diego Expo

A wide variety of cycling and fitness gear, live music, food vendors, and family activities.

Sat.: 10 am-6 pm Sun: 10 am-4 pm

Little Italy, San Diego

Free admission

April 18-22 and 25-29

The Princess and the Pea

Princess Haiku is in a strange new land. The queen wants proof that this young girl is a true princess worthy of marrying her son, The Prince. The queen puts her to the test.

Wed-Fri.: 10 am and 1:30 pm; Sat-Sun.: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults $6; Children $4

April 21

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair

Parade, cultural exhibits, ethnic food, live performances, Kids Zone,

10 am-5 pm

6900 block of Linda Vista Rd., San Diego


April 22

Earth Fair 2012

More than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Kids’ Activity Area, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade. Crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and hands-on activities for children.  

10 am-5 pm

Balboa Park, San Diego


April 27-May 13

(Fri.-Sun. Only)

Peter Pan Jr.

Produced by San Diego Junior Theatre.

The adventures of a boy who never grows up.

2 pm and 7 pm

Casa del Prado Theatre

1800 El Prado (at Village Place),

Balboa Park


April 28

Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen

Interactive learning booths, cooking demos, obstacle course

10 am-1 pm

Olivewood Gardens

2505 N. Avenue, National City


April 28-29

Mission Federal ArtWalk Festival

Come see hundreds of visual and performance artists create music, sculptures, paintings and more. There are hands-on activities for children.

11 am-6 pm

From Beech to Fir Streets, Little Italy, San Diego


April 2012 Family Events in San Diego