Celebrating Springtime in San Diego

Deb Anderson - San Diego
March 26, 2012

Wait. Wasn't it just December? And now here we are celebrating spring already! As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, we're sure you want to get out and enjoy it all. Here's what's happening around the county from Easter egg hunts to flower displays. Take some time to enjoy the season.

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad are always spectacular this time of year. From March until May, you can roam the 50 acres of giant ranunculus flowers specially designed in a bright color pattern that will leave your family breathless. All that and a view of the Pacific Ocean. There's also a mini rose garden, sweat pea maze, and flowers planted in the form of an American flag. This is a springtime event not to be missed.

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art is another floral extravaganza—with a twist. For this yearly event, floral designers interpret the museum's art pieces (from masters such as El Greco, Monet, and Renoir) into amazing floral displays. On April 13-14, families can enjoy the events "Garden of Activities" and create their own flower arrangements from art materials, build a paper garden on the walls, and participate in a "flower hunt" in the museum.

The San Diego Zoo's Safari Park once again ushers in Spring with its annual Butterfly Jungle. Happening through April 15, the event allows guests to walk among thousands of beautiful butterflies in an aviary flush with plants and flowers. See dozens of butterfly species including the monarch, and giant swallowtail up close and personal. Plus, it's not unusual for a butterfly or ten to land on your head or shoulders. Other special activities are scheduled throughout Safari Park during Butterfly Jungle in addition to butterfly-themed foods from the park’s kitchens and more.

Any ladybug lovers in the house? Then Ladybug Day at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is for them. On April 21, children search for ladybugs in the garden, craft, and arrange flowers. Sponsored by Cornell University, all ladybug sightings are reported back to the college as part of its "Lost Ladybug Project."

Easter egg hunts are taking place in most communities (check your town's rec center website for the celebration nearest you), and one of the more popular events happens in Old Poway Park with activities including an egg search, free balloons and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, slides, games, and much, much more. The park is also offering a pancake breakfast to jump start the day. Another especially popular kids' event is Santee's Spring Eggstravaganza, where day-long egg hunts, pony rides, music, carnival rides, and inflatables rock Santee Lakes. Other communities planning Easter fun are San MarcosLa Jolla, and Ocean Beach.

Enjoy spring! However you decide to usher in the season, may your baskets be full and your hearts be sunny!

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