Springtime in Southern California means plenty of family-friendly activities and events to enjoy. There are so many fun things to do this season, like visiting the local farmers’ markets and hiking in the mountains and festivals galore, from bubbles to boysenberries. Check out our favorite spring activities in Southern California.
The Best Things to Do in Southern California This Spring
The Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields are in bloom from early March through early May. Take a ride aboard an antique tractor-pulled wagon for an unforgettable tour of the colorful fields.
Through April 10, celebrate Easter on the Farm at Underwood Family Farms! This annual event features live music, tractor-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, children’s activities, and more. Guests can also purchase fresh produce and flowers from the farm market.
For more Easter egg-citement, check out our guide to the best Easter events in Los Angeles.
Celebrate Spring at SpringTopia Fest, where you can explore seven immersive lands full of surprises—from playing in the snow with Santa and the Grinch and exploring circus animals in 3D to hopping aboard a pirate ship. In addition to rides and games, food and drinks are available for purchase on-site.
If you’re a Barbie girl or boy and you’ve been dreaming about living in a Barbie World, now’s your chance! This immersive experience allows you to explore the Barbie Dreamhouse, hop aboard her camper van, build a customized Barbie set, and so much more. Young and older fans of this iconic doll won’t want to miss this event.
Every spring, the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge celebrates the blooming of over 200,000 tulips with their annual Bloom Boom celebration. It’s the perfect way to spend a Spring day!
Go On a Wildflower Expedition
Speaking of blooming flowers, after all the much-needed rain in SoCal this year, spring will surely give us an incredible super bloom. Check out our tips on where to spot wildflowers near Los Angeles.
The Butterfly Pavilion is a must-see springtime activity in Southern California! This exhibit, which runs through August 2023, features over 50 species of butterflies, moths, caterpillars, and other incredible insects for a one-of-a-kind up-close experience.
Head to the Farm
Between the baby animals and the flourishing fields, there’s nothing quite like a spring day at the farm. Despite being a sprawling city, Los Angeles is lucky to have many farms nearby. Check out our guide to the best family-friendly farms near Los Angeles and the South Bay. If you love bringing that fresh produce home, visit a local you-pick farm, like Tanaka Farms, where you can enjoy freshly picked strawberries.
Calling all dino fans! Due to high demand, this popular exhibit has been extended through May, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, there’s still time. Travel back in time and explore a park full of life-sized dinosaurs. The exhibit features 80 realistic, moving replicas of your favorite dinos, like velociraptors, stegosaurus, and even T-rex.
The renowned spring family festival in Orange County returns to Discovery Cube Orange County through April 16. Watch Melody Yang, the world’s most famous bubble artist, perform in the Mega Bubblefest Laser show, a magnificent 45-minute spectacle. Each presentation incorporates bubble artistry, music, and lasers to astonish and entertain children of all ages, including adults. Bubblefest tickets are now available online, including the Mega Bubble Laser Show and the Exclusive Family Night.
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is an annual food-themed event that honors the park’s history by focusing on the boysenberry, the berry that started it all. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival has a wide variety of local craftspeople, live music, musical stage acts, fun activities for guests of all ages, and various food and drink options.
Celebrate a Milestone
Does your little one have a birthday this season? Celebrate the big day with one of our spring birthday party ideas.
Hike to a Waterfall
There’s no better time than spring to take a family hike to a waterfall. The recent rain has sent once-dry falls flowing, but once the summer heat sets in, they will likely return to a trickle, so now is the time. Check out our list of the best waterfall hikes for ideas. There are also plenty of family-friendly hiking trails without waterfalls to explore.
Visit a Farmers’ Market
Southern California is known for its fresh produce, and there are farmers’ markets all over the region. This spring, take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and head to your local farmers market in Los Angeles and the South Bay.
Don’t Let the Rain Get You Down
Is all this rain giving you a case of cabin fever? Head to one of our favorite indoor playgrounds in Los Angeles to burn off some energy.
Have a Picnic
Spring is the perfect time for a picnic! Southern California has no shortage of beautiful parks and green spaces. So grab a blanket, food, and your friends or family and head out for a picnic. Remember to check out our picnic tips before you go.
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