The Carlsbad Flower Fields
Visiting the Carlsbad Flower Fields is a super fun Springtime family outing! There’s a lot to do, most of which is included with the cost of admission.
Tractor Ride, Playground, Maze, Gem Panning, & More!
Some of the activities at the Carlsbad Flower Fields include a tractor ride with an audio history about the location, Santa’s Playground, a sweet pea maze, rose garden, gem panning, an “artists garden” with a pond and birds, and so much more. Most activities are included with admission. Gem panning and the tractor ride are a bit extra.
The Flower Fields Passport Activity
When children enter, they receive a Flower Fields Passport, included with entry. Kids look for specially numbered wooden posts, and stamp their fun little booklet with the corresponding number from the posts. Once they have all their stamps, they can take the passport to a gem panning area for $1.00 off the activity.
The Flowers Bloom In Patches
Something to keep in mind, is that the ranunculus in the fields are never in full bloom completely all at once. They bloom in patches. From our experience, we’ve found many of the flowers tend to be blooming around mid-April, but it varies each year. Weather, time of planting, and other factors play a part of when the flowers bloom. You can call 760-431-0352 x3 for current blooming conditions.
What To Bring, Wear, & More
The Carlsbad Flower Fields allow strollers, and you might want to bring one if you have a little tot. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and wear comfortable walking shoes. You might want to bring a light jacket as well, as the fields are just above the Pacific Ocean, and there’s often a nice breeze. You can bring food and beverages to enjoy at designated tables for eating. They sell fresh lemonade daily, and sell other food items certain days of the week.
Hours, Dates, Etc…
The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open from 9am-6pm daily, from March 1 – May 14, 2017. Weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends. If you visit on a weekend, or on the day of a special event, you might hear a band, or be present during an arts crafts show. We suggest you designate a good 3+ hours for your visit.
Buy Entry In Advance or at the Gates
You can either buy your admission tickets online, or at the ticket booth. Be sure to buy your tractor tickets at the admission booth prior to entering the gates. You can pay your gem panning fee at the panning station. Parking is free!
Location, Location, Location
The Carlsbad Flower Fields are located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, in Carlsbad, CA, just down the hill from LEGOLAND California. Click HERE for more information about The Flower Fields, including their event calendar and pricing. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Update 2014: Mommy & Me Under The Sea is no longer being offered at this time. We’d love to see the program return! Loved it!
SEA LIFE Aquarium, located in Carlsbad, is starting a brand new Mommy & Me program starting February 1st! Mommy and Me Under the Sea will be a fun, interactive journey for you (mom or dad) and your little one(s) to learn about ocean habitats, and experience it with other families. This staff-led program includes a tour, play activities, mini creature exploration and a weekly craft.
The cost for the program is just $35 for one parent and one child on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays for one month. There are three different sessions to choose from on either day, and parking is FREE! Additional children are just $10 each per session, and LEGOLAND Resort Members have the opportunity to upgrade for just $20 per session as well. Click HERE for session times and weekly topics.
This new program is a great way for you and your little one(s) to participate in a fun, educational, and affordable Mommy & Me program. The aquarium has set a limit of just 10 children per session, and reservations are required. Call 760-438-5346 to reserve your spot. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Carlsbad’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is celebrating World Oceans Day from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 4th, with a “Seussian” Celebration! Young guests will be treated to fun and educational hands-on activities throughout the day. This special event includes crafts, two underwater readings of Dr. Seuss books by divers dressed in “Seussian” attire, and more.
Not familiar with SEA LIFE Aquarium? It’s a unique aquarium that incorporates LEGOS into their theme. Check the link below for more info about this awesome destination. Click HERE for a post with pictures from one of our recent trips to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
PlayWerx is a drop-in indoor play place for kids, located in the Carlsbad area of San Diego, California. They have a huge play structure which includes a ball pit, slides, swings, and lots of opportunities for jumping and climbing. The structure also has a toddler area designated for little ones up to 24 months. In addition to the play area, they also have a cafe with free WiFi, and lots of children’s books, as well as some magazines for the adults to enjoy.
Socks are required, so be sure to bring them along. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
The Museum of Making Music is located in the Carlsbad area of San Diego, California. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
LEGOLAND is a theme park in the Carlsbad area of San Diego, California. If your kids like LEGOS, this theme park will be like a dream! They have rides, play areas, shows, and much more!
SEA LIFE Aquarium is located next to LEGOLAND, in Carlsbad, California. It’s a great aquarium that incorporates LEGOS into it’s theme. Our kids love visiting this fun and unique aquarium. Please see the link below, to their website, for more details. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
The kids & I were invited to Social Media Day, with sdIRL at Knuckleheads Gym, but missed it due to mommy being under the weather. Fortunately, the AWESOME staff invited us to come another day, once I stopped barking like a dog – I mean stopped coughing, and felt better.
What a great place! As soon as our kindergarten age daughter walked in, she wanted to start playing with the machines! She was all over the stationary bike, and loving the interactive monitor that made her feel like she was riding on a course.
Although the gym is designed for kids age 5 and up, our tag-along preschool age son was right there, into the mix, next to big sis on a tricycle-like interactive machine with a monitor of an ATV riding over dunes. He LOVED it, and it only took him a few minutes to figure out how to pedal and steer. Kinder daughter tried it out as well, and also loved it! I wish we had that machine in our house!
Knuckleheads has many other interactive machines such as a Lightspace Treadwall that actually moves as you climb, with the velocity based on your weight, a Dance Dance machine, Wii, 3-Kick, Jr. Fun Zone, and other machines. Some of the machines are those that the kids can do with a partner, and some are made for individual use.
While the kids were playing I took note of some of the things that I thought made the facility great. First, it was well ventilated – not stuffy or hot. I liked that they played music, and had an outdoor area with a basketball hoop, and tables for relaxing. It was CLEAN! Believe me, after going to dozens of indoor facilities for kids over the last 5 years, I’ve seen many that did not meet my standard, but Knuckleheads was absolutely clean, including the bathroom facilities. One other thing they had that I liked were the crafts. No, people don’t go to a gym to do crafts, but if your child were to go to a facility for a full day, it’s a nice option for some downtime after playing hard.
When we arrived they were just ending a day-camp, and some parents waited a while after camp to pick up their kids. None of the kids that had a late pick-up were making a fuss about being there longer than the length of camp, and all appeared to have had a great day. This was a great sign! I’ve worked with kids in a camp setting that were the same age as the group of kids that were there, and have never seen so many content kids after 5 hours of day camp.
Knuckleheads is a drop-off facility meant for kids age 5-14. They have daily and monthly memberships, and offer sibling discounts. They hold birthday parties at the gym, as well as group events. Each of the employees I interacted with were friendly, professional, and took an interest in the kids. If you have kids in the age range meant for the facility, I highly recommend you check them out. Perhaps we’ll see you there!