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Discover San Marcos Hikes

 Trails Day 2008 - Hikers

Leo Carrillo Ranch and Simmons Family Park | October 6 | Hike begins at 9 am (Check-in at 8:30 am)

This challenging five-mile hike to Simmons Family Park will give hikers the opportunity to explore the trails of the Rancho Dorado/Rancho Carrillo area. There will be 645 feet of elevation gain. Please note: Dogs are NOT permitted at Leo Carrillo Rancho Historic Park. Meeting Location: Carrillo Elementary School (parking lot near trailhead), 2875 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Hikes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Follow us on social media for updates.

Fun Friday Nites!

 Fun Friday Nites!


San Marcos Community Center & San Elijo Rec Center | 6 to 10 pm | 4 to 12 yrs.

October 5 | November 2 | December 7 |  December 14

Children will enjoy a night of games, crafts, pizza, and movies. Program is supervised by trained recreation leaders. $20 per child; $5 sibling discount.

Movie Matinee


Senior Activity Center | Fridays | 1 pm

October 26

Enjoy a popular current flick with other movie enthusiasts. Refreshments will be served. $1 per person.

Family Night


San Marcos Community Center | Wednesdays | 6 pm (unless otherwise noted)            

Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per activity. Click activity below for quick registration.
Halloween Party  | Saturday, Oct. 20 | The Wood House-1148 Rock Springs Road | 6:30-8:30 pm
Pumpkin Pies | November 7
Cookies in a Jar | December 5

Fantasy Tea Party

 Tea Parties

Historic Wood House in Woodland Park | Saturdays or Sundays | 10 am to noon or 2 to 4 pm

Children 4 to 12 years old can dress for the occasion as tea (juice) is served at the historic Wood House. Children will have the opportunity to pain a teacup, bake a scone, make a daisy tote bag, and play a Victorian game. Great for Girl Scout Troops, play dates, and birthdays.
Wood House Virtual Tour | Tea Party Timeline | Tea Party FAQ | Tea Party Reservation Form | Scone Recipe 
Click here to email program Supervisor regarding availability

Craft Fair


Senior Activity Center | 9 am-1 pm

October 3 | November 7 | December 5

Come shop unique crafts and gifts handmade by local vendors. Admission is free. Vendor space is $10.            

Breakfast with the Littlest Pumpkin

 Pumpkin Breakfast

San Marcos Community Center | Saturday, Oct. 13 | 7:30 to 11 am

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Littlest Pumpkin and play fun carnival games.  Halloween costumes are encouraged.  $5 per person. Purchase tickets here.

Halloween at Jack's Pond Nature Center           

 Halloween at Jacks

Santa's Village and Tree Lighting


San Marcos Civic Center | Saturday, Dec. 1 | 9 am-7 pm

Join us for breakfast and stay all day! This annual event features visits with Santa from 12-5 pm, arts and crafts vendors, free children's activities, food vendors and all-day entertainment.
Breakfast with Santa | 9 to 11 am | $5 per person
Holiday Tree Lighting | 5: 30 pm
Seeking craft vendors, nonprofits and entertainment groups!