April means spring is officially here, and for most families in Los Angeles, so is Spring Break. From egg hunts to festivals galore, there are so many things to do with kids in Los Angeles this month you won’t be able to decide where to begin! Whether you’re looking for something to do while the kids are out of school or you want a plan a fun weekend activity, we’ve got you covered.
Spring has just sprung, but summer is just around the corner. Remember to sign up for a summer camp before they fill up!
Things to Do With Kids in April
From Easter to Earth Day, so many exciting celebrations are happening in April. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite events this month.
Opens April 2
Discover over 250 unique artifacts as you explore this massive 13,000 sq. ft. exhibition of rare Mayan artwork, jewelry, and more. Visitors will learn how the ancient Maya built and sustained complex cities in the heart of the rainforest. Items on display include a 9-foot-long sculpture of a jaguar warrior and a magnificent mask made of obsidian and jade. This is a special exhibit that requires ticketed reservations for timed entry.
March 18 – April 10
Springtime Easter Festival is as fun as the famous Underwood Harvest Festival but usually less crowded. 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. Online tickets are required for weekends.
Check out our complete guide to Easter Events in Los Angeles and South Bay.
March 31 – April 16
The renowned spring family festival in Orange County returns to Discovery Cube Orange County. 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.
March 10 – April 16
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.
March 9-May 14
Bring your family to a celebration of the habitat and life cycle of butterflies and other pollinators. You’ll connect with nature thanks to Kidspace’s new exhibits, crafts, activities, and programs. The fun doesn’t stop there; you can also adopt a caterpillar at the Kidspace Museum Shop to bring home and raise it into a beautiful butterfly.
March 29 – April 16
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.
April 1 – 29 (Saturdays)
Put your reading skills into good practice by reading to a furry friend. This special in-space experience includes a book reading, an opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter ambassador, and a fun pet-related craft! Afterward, young readers can pick a book from the Annenberg PetSpace library and read it to the pets outside their adoption suites.
April 3 – 15
Enjoy live musical performances throughout the week and explore different musical stylings, instruments, and sounds! Kidstock Music & Arts Festival rocks to life on Wednesdays-Sundays, 10AM-12:30PM & 1:30 PM-4:00 PM.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Premieres April 5
Your favorite cartoon plumber is hitting the big screen for an action-packed adventure you won’t want to miss. Can’t get enough of Mario and his pals? Check out the brand new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios after the movie.
April 14 – 16
The annual Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival always marks the arrival of spring. In addition to the breathtaking blossoms, the festival includes traditional music and dance performances, Japanese taiko drums and martial arts performances, and various vendors.
During this fan-favorite event, puppets of all shapes and sizes walk around for a unique meet and greet. Check out performances from some of Southern California’s premier puppetry acts. You can also enjoy live music and the opportunity to design your own puppet pal with imagination-sparking materials.
April 14 – 16
Get your motors running and head to the biggest racing event of the year in the heart of downtown Long Beach. The three-day race includes a family fun zone, food truck experience, and an exotic car paddock.
The Marina Culture Jam series returns to Burton Chace Park with the first performance of this special 3-part series, presented by the Department of Beaches and Harbors and The Music Center. The show features live performances, arts and crafts, cultural learning activities, and more!
The California Poppy Festival is back and ready to celebrate our state’s iconic orange flower with live entertainment, amusement park rides, animal exhibits, crafts, festival food, and more.
The biggest event of the year celebrating all things books is back again at USC. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a free event featuring 250 book and merchandise exhibitors, 8 outdoor stages and activity areas, performances, poetry readings, and more. This year’s list of speakers includes highly-acclaimed and award-winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo.
The Aquarium’s Teen Climate Council presents the 22nd annual Earth Day celebration at the Aquarium of the Pacific, featuring an upcycled fashion show and teen researcher booths.
April 8 – May 21 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Take a step back in time to the days of yore at the Ren-Faire. The faire features over 100 artisans, merchants, vendors, costume contests, games, rides, a food court, and more. Check the website for details on specially-themed weekends, like Pirates and Heroes.
April 19- June 30
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.
March 24 – May 14
Calling all dino fans! 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.
April 27 – 30
Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate, a show filled with nonstop fun celebrating all your Disney favorites, from Mickey and the gang to Pixar pals and princesses.
Celebrate L.A.’s puppeteering icon at this annual free festival in Highland Park. You can check out puppetry performances, explore the handmade market and food trucks, and even join in the fun by participating in a talent show.