Queen Califia’s Magical Circle ‘Beetlejuice Park’ in Escondido
After visiting Grape Day Park with the kids earlier this month, one of our readers mentioned that we need to visit Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park in Escondido. The park was just a short drive away from Grape Day Park and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and ever since we were told about it, we couldn’t wait to make a drive to Escondido to see it. The park looks like something right out of the movie “Beetlejuice”, and my kids immediately nicknamed Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Beetlejuice Park.
The morning that we planned to visit, unfortunately, the park was closed. My kids were slightly devastated, but they still got an opportunity to see the park through the cracks in the fence. It is only open on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm (weather permitting). They have to close the park to the public on a regular basis because of the risk of vandalism.
The park was designed by sculptor and painter, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), and was opened to the public in 2003. The park is surrounded by a massive fence, and once your kids step inside the gates, they will be immersed into a magical wonderland. There is an enormous snake that surrounds the park with lots of little hidden spaces to explore.
Once your kids are done exploring Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, there are lots of trails to walk through Kit Carson Park. There is even a real orange grove next to the park that my kids loved running around.
While we were disappointed it was closed on the day we visited, we can’t wait to come back and experience more of this magical playground with our children. We hope to see you there on the second Saturday of the month in Escondido.
The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025.
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