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Virtual Events

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We hope these fun virtual events and activities will make this time just a little easier for you and your family!  We will be adding more in the coming weeks, so please check back often.

Holly Jolly Fam Jam, Saturday, Dec. 12
Live online via Zoom 
6 to 7:30 p.m.
$25 per family based on 4 people; most supplies are included

Gather the family in holiday PJs, ugly Christmas sweaters or other festive dress and get ready for a 1.5 hours virtual holiday event packed with dance competitions, high-energy games, ginger bread house building, scavenger hunt BINGO and a special story time. Mimicking a game-show setting, DJ Paul hosts families competing against each other and other families throughout the event via ZOOM.

Detailed instructions and zoom code will be emailed once you register. Register here.
Spots are limited.

Game and activity supplies are provided and will need to be picked up below:

Alga Norte Aquatics Center
6565 Alicante Rd
Thursday, Dec 10; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec 11; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 12; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Harding Community Center Auditorium
3096 Harding St
Thursday, Dec 10; 2 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec 11; 2 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 12; 10 – 4 p.m.

Special arrangements can be made for pick up by emailing Rachael.shay@carlsbadca.gov.

For more information
Watch a preview of a previous family competition here



Festival of Lanterns: A Night of Light & Reflection

Community members gave thanks and shared messages of hope and love during our inaugural floating virtual Festival of Lanterns event, A Night of Light and Reflection, at Alga Norte Aquatic Center on Nov. 14.  Lanterns were decorated with thoughtful messages and floated in our pool. The event also featured singers, musicians and readings. Thank you to all who participated.


Virtual family backyard camp out

Set up a tent in your living room or backyard for a community family backyard campout. We'll provide the campfire recipes and entertainment! Dig into s’more ways to make s’mores, try out some easy, mess-free campfire dinner recipes and create a cool craft with the kiddos! Once you’re settled in, top off the night with an exciting video all about the nighttime critters of Carlsbad and a virtual hike around Lake Calavera Preserve. Download a shopping list for your campfire dinner, s'mores and craft so you can be all prepared for this fun night in. 

Hot Rods & Cool Treats virtual event

What do vintage cars and homemade ice cream have in common? They are both part of our virtual Hot Rods & Cool Treats event! While we can’t hold our annual event in the park as planned we have developed some great videos to keep to event going virtually. Create your own classic car collection following the instructions in the Paper Vintage Car Craft video, make your very own homemade ice cream using just three ingredients and enjoy a video montage of cool classic cars from our 2019 event. Also listen to entertainment from past decades with virtual performances of Gin N Tonix, Star Glee Club, and StarKids! It’s a virtual event for the entire family!