Event Date

Event Description




March 2-18 (Fri.-Sun. only)

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Lively production from the San Diego Junior Theatre company.

Fri: 7 pm, Sat. and Sun: 2 pm

Casa del Prado Theatre

1600 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego


March 3

Annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival

The oldest kite festival in the United States. Musical entertainment, carnival rides, home-made crafts, and light refreshments.

9 am-4 pm

Santa Monica Avenue (between Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Ebers St.), Ocean Beach


March 4

Family Day at the San Diego Bird Festival

Kid-friendly activities include a beginning bird art workshop, the raptor rap workshop, and family estuary walk. All family events on Sunday are free with no pre-registration needed.

11 am- 6 pm

Marina Village Conference Center, Mission Bay

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego


March 10

The Truth About Sunflowers

Learn more about these fabulous blooms on a guided walk.

9:30-11 am

Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park

One Father Juniper Serra Trail, San Carlos


March 10

Family Fun and Resource Faire

Get access to resources that will help with physical and mental health. Yoga, games, crafts, prizes and more.

10 am-1 pm

Rohr Park

4700 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita


March 11

Del Mar Kiwanis' Ugly Dog Contest

Many contests including  Ugliest Dog,  Best Mutt, Most Beautiful Female dog, and Most Handsome Male dog.

11 am-3 pm

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Paddock Green

2250 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Adults: $8, Children: $2

March 17

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Wear green for this fun family event featuring Irish dancers, bagpipes, floats, horses, games, rides, a Celtic village and two entertainment stages.

10 am-6 pm

Balboa Park

West side of park along 6th Ave. between Laurel and Quince


March 17

St. Patrick's Day 10K and 2/4-Mile Run/Walks

Variety of courses, pizza, awards and costume contests.

7:30-10 am

Mission Bay Park, San Diego


March 17

Cherry Blossom Festival

Traditional tea ceremony, entertainment, tours of the canyon and cherry grove, food, crafts, and games for children.

10 am-4 pm

Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Pan American Rd., San Diego

Free with garden admission: Adults: $4, Seniors/ Students: $3

Children under 17: one free with each paid adult admission.

March 17

Science Family Day

The Balboa Park museums and cultural institutions will feature science-related hands-on activities and special programs for kids of all ages.

11 am-3 pm

Balboa Park, San Diego

Children under 17 are admitted free with a paying adult in all of the museums.

March 18

Family Drop In Day: Echoes of the Past

Explore and learn about the art on view in the Museum through family-friendly tours and art making.

1-3 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

March 24

Easter Eggstravaganza

Hunt for eggs throughout the stores (map provided), free crafts, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists and more.

12-3 pm

Piazza Carmel


Valley Centre Dr.,

San Diego,


March 24

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair EXPO Day

135 hands-on science activities and 12 stage performances for kids of all ages.

10 am-5 pm


100 Park Blv., San Diego


March 24-25

Spring Busker Festival

Fun, and bizarre, live performances, including sword swallowing, knife throwing, pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles.

12-5 pm

Seaport Village

W. Harbor Dr. And Pacific Hwy., San Diego


March 25

Annual Rolando Street Fair

Block party to promote community unity. Live music, carnival rides, a food court, and arts and crafts booths.

10 am-6 pm

Rolando Village on Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd. And Solita St., San Diego


March 29

Family Arts and Literacy Connection

This event encourages parents and children to create and learn together–for free! There is also a hands-on activity and each family receives a new book.

6:30-8 pm

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

6605 University Ave., San Diego


March 31

Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen

Interactive learning booths, cooking demos, obstacle course

10 am-1 pm

Olivewood Gardens

2505 N. Avenue, National City


March 2012 Family Events in San Diego