March GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Family Events and Activities Los Angeles & Orange County March 2013

Our picks for March are in! It's a busy month, with St. Patrick's Day, Purim, the arrival of spring, and migrating whales and swallows; no wonder there's an hour to switch off in the middle of the month. Now is your chance to plan ahead for these 12 annual favorites picked from the many activities on the Mommy Poppins March daily events calendar, and snag tickets in advance (or just remember not to volunteer for anything else that day). If you don't receive our weekday and weekend events newsletters, now would be a great time to subscribe.

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Lantern Festival - Downtown
March 4, 2017
The annual Lantern Festival celebrates a decade of free arts, culture, and educational activities in a re-created traditional village street fair.

Dana Point Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017
The Festival celebrates the migrating whales that use Dana Point's headland as a landmark on their journey, with whale watching, ocean learning labs, live music, a street fair, a parade, fishing and sailing lessons, an art show, hikes, a Traveling Whale Fact Museum, a campfire program, environmental education programs, and a rubber ducky race.

Cherry Blossom Festival - La Cañada Flintridge
March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017
The cherry blossom puts in its annual appearance at Descanso Gardens, heralding the official arrival of spring. Families can learn more about these beautiful trees on guided walks and get a taste of Japanese culture with crafts, stories, and music throughout the weekend.

Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair - Arcadia
March 11, 2017
The LA Arboretum hosts its annual celebration of green living, with plenty of kids' activities, music, crafts, and animal encounters beyond the usual Arboretum peacocks hamming it up.

County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade Ventura
March 11, 2017
The annual County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at the mission and keeps the spirit with bands, Irish dancers, fire trucks, antique vehicles, four legged pets, and anything else remotely green that can march down Main Street.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade - South Bay
March 11, 2017
It's a two-parade weekend! The Hermosa Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off near the tennis courts on Valley Drive. The accompanying festival features a Kiddy Carnival, a petting zoo, international foods, vendors, and Irish music and dancing.

The Valley's Biggest Purim Carnival Tarzana
March 12, 2017
The Valley greets the liveliest holiday on the Jewish calendar with plenty of street carnivals and costume parades to mark the day, but Temple Judea takes pride in producing the largest festival in the Valley. The area becomes a mini-Disneyland with rides, games, crafts, a show, food, and shopping that raise thousands of dollars for scholarships.

Festival of the Kite - Redondo Beach
March 12, 2017
Redondo Pier hosts one of Southern California’s longest-running kite festivals, with prizes awarded in various categories from the youngest kite flyer to the youngest at heart. Buy one there or BYOK. The annual Yo-Yo and Hot Dog on a Stick Eating competitions add variety to the proceedings.

Wistaria Festival - Sierra Madre
March 12, 2017
The annual festival celebrates the world's largest blossoming plant, which has been blooming right here in the Southland for more than a century. Fun includes a street festival and visits to the formidable vine (not accessible to the public on any other day of the year).

San Juan Capistrano's Swallows Day Parade & Return of the Swallows - San Juan Capistrano
March 19 & 25, 2017
St. Joseph's Day (March 19) marks the annual return of San Juan Capistrano's dependable swallows. The mission's celebration is marked by pageantry, the traditional bell ringing at the sight of the first swallows, and a celebration with musical performances, crafts, living history characters, and plenty of food. The Swallows Day Parade is on Saturday the 25th.

America's Teaching Zoo Spring Spectacular - Moorpark
March 25 - April 2, 2017
The zoo celebrates animals and learning at Moorpark College's annual Spring Spectacular, held over three weekends. Different animals are featured in hourly shows, and children can also enjoy arts and crafts, live animal encounters, a butterfly conservation station, puppet shows, and a Kids' Zone.

Victorian Day in the Park - Encino
Sunday, March 26, 2017
It's spring in the Valley and that means we're going to party like it's 1899! Fans of the day turn up in their finest Victorian regalia to picnic picturesquely under parasols in the park.

Grunion Runs - San Pedro
March 29, 2017
Grunion season officially kicks off with the first run of the season at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and March is "open" season, meaning touching is allowed!

Redondo Pier
100 Fishermans Wharf
90277 Redondo Beach , CA 33° 50' 20.058" N, 118° 23' 24.1728" W
Dana Point
34675 Golden Lantern
92629 Dana Point , CA 33° 27' 39.6072" N, 117° 41' 36.4776" W
Hermosa Beach Parade Route
Pier and Hermosa Pier Avenue
90254 Hermosa Beach , CA 33° 51' 47.8476" N, 118° 23' 56.2272" W
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
90012 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 20.556" N, 118° 14' 21.066" W
Mission San Juan Capistrano
31414 El Camino Real
92693 San Juan Capistrano , CA 33° 30' 22.5576" N, 117° 39' 48.546" W
Moorpark College Teaching Zoo
7075 Campus Road
93021 Moorpark , CA 34° 18' 6.318" N, 118° 50' 6.5472" W
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
91011 La Cañada Flintridge , CA 34° 12' 24.5448" N, 118° 12' 0.1008" W