LA Spring Fun List: 50 Things To Do with Kids
It’s spring! Wildflowers bloom, waterfalls gush (or trickle, depending on the recent rain), and after a long year at home, it's finally time to start venturing out again to take advantage of all LA has to offer. Spring is the best time to explore Los Angeles; the weather is gorgeous, but it's before desert destinations get too hot and beaches get too crowded. Without further ado, here is our roundup of 50 great spring activities for Los Angeles kids. These picks range from outdoor adventures to the newly opened museums we can't wait to visit—plus a few suggestions for ticketed activities and even some spring day trips and getaways.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.
Outdoor Family Fun this Spring
1. Hop on board for the Dino Train and STEAM Festival at the Southern California Railway Museum, featuring “Buddy” from the PBS show Dinosaur Train.
2. For guaranteed gorgeous blooms for miles, even in a dry year, visit the famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Wander 50-acres of ranunculus flowers overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a sweet pea maze, plus poinsettia and orchid displays.
4. You say you want more exotic animals than you can find on the farm? Take your little animal lovers to the Zoo! The LA Zoo has reopened, as have the Santa Barbara Zoo, the OC Zoo, and the biggest beast of all, the San Diego Zoo.
5. The Aquarium of the Pacific is open and kids can see sea otters, sharks, sea jellies, frogs, lorikeets, and more.
It's not every day you can meet and feed an ostrich. Photo courtesy of Ostrichland USA
6. Take a trip up to Solvang and stop in the see over 100 amazing ostriches and emus at Ostrichland USA.
7. Take a tour of the Gibbon Conservation Center (the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to gibbons) before the center moves to a new home.
9. Take advantage of the warming weather to eat at a beautiful outdoor spot—on a patio, in nature, dangling over the ocean, or dining among peacocks.
10. While drive-in movies have been a hot ticket all winter, we like them best when it's not so chilly. There are dozens of drive-ins playing family-friendly fare in every part of town.
11. Discover the underwater worlds that lurk under the sea at our favorite tide pools.
12. Take a horseback ride right under the Hollywood Sign—or you can choose a mountain or coastal ride if you prefer.
13. Maybe you can’t walk on water, but the whole family can bike on water, day or night, at Long Beach Waterbikes.
14. Battleship USS Iowa is one of our favorite outdoor museums, and your family can take a self-guided or behind-the-scenes guided tour to explore areas off-limits to the public.
16. If rollercoasters are a bit much for your young ones, Legoland California is opening up in April and is perfect for even the littlest theme park enthusiast.
Take a closer look at the Natural History Museum's Butterfly Pavilion. Photo by Gina Cholick/ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
18. Visit an amazing playground and let the kids shake off that pandemic and winter energy.
19. Go fly a kite. These great green parks have plenty of room to fly a kite, up to the highest height.
20. Every LA kid has to go on a grunion run at least once. Make this the year!
21. Hit the (mini) links and go mini-golfing.
22. Or perhaps your little speed demons would rather take to the track. There is go-kart racing at Go Kart World in Carson, at K1 in multiple locations, and at the Mulligan Family Fun Center in Murietta.
23. Take a self-guided street art tour of the city.
24. The Huntington Gardens have almost fully reopened, and you can have tea on the patio or explore new parts of the Chinese Gardens.
25. Take a trip on DTLA's famous Angel's Flight.
26. Visit Olvera Street for a dose of LA history, and a hearty helping of some of the best churros in town.
Museums for kids are opening again! Photo courtesy of MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Newly Opened Indoor Activities this for Spring
28. Pretend City, the interactive child-sized city—which includes a make-believe grocery store, farm, art studio, and beach—has reopened, and is waiting for kids to fill the child-sized streets.
30. LACMA is reopening on April 1 (there's not much art left—or much museum left—but Metropolis II is here, and that's enough for your kids!). And the Tar Pit Museum opens on April 8, so that's two reasons to visit Hancock Park.
Explore the wild West at the Autry. Photo by The Autry Museum of the American West
32. Got a little gear head? The Petersen Museum is open again.
33. Oh my Disney: the specially-ticketed exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic has been extended at the Bowers Museum through June 20. So if those Disneyland tickets prove too hard to score...
34. Want to see a movie in a movie theater? The El Capitan has opened and is showing Raya and the Last Dragon. (You can also rent the theater out for a private screening of the film.) More into watching movies at home? Don't forget to see all the Oscar-nominated animated films before the awards on April 25.
35. Visit the Last Bookstore and stock up on some books for the kids. Plus, just smell the books. Live, real, actual books!
36. Well, if you visit a book mecca, you need to pair that with a record emporium. Ameoba Music has moved down the street from its original location and is now open. (This may be the spring you get to teach kids what a turntable is.)
37. Watch your kids defy the laws of gravity and physics at the Museum of Illusions.
38. Get crafty: Color Me Mine is open for pottery painting, maybe the kids can make something for grandparents for Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Score tickets now to see Immersive Van Gogh later. Photo by Michael Brosilow
If You Can Score Tickets...
39. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are both opening up this spring on April 30. But since everyone (we're rounding up here, but that's a pretty accurate estimate) wants to go, and the park will be opened at a limited capacity, those tickets are going to go fast. So if your family wants to go, keep an eye on the Disneyland website for up-to-the-minute ticketing information, and jump on them as soon as a new batch is released. In the meantime, A Touch of Disney is taking place through April 19.
40. Sugar Rush is a walking tour through over 40,000 square feet of Candytropolis. It's only in town for the month of April, so snag tickets while you can.
41. It's time for Dodger baseball! (We miss you, Vin.) The Dodgers begin their quest for a second straight world championship at home on April 9 with Clayton Kershaw on the mound (maybe for the last time). With limited seats available, tickets will be a very hot commodity this summer, so if you've got little Dodgers fans, find out how you can score tickets this summer.
42. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Los Angeles opens up on May 27, but tickets are already sold out through October. So while you can't go this spring, if you want to go before it leaves town, now is the time to get tickets.
43. Great Wolf Lodge opens up for splashing summer fun on May 27, so book this getaway that will thrill your kids today.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is beautiful in the springtime. Photo courtesy Kerem Hanci Photography
Take a Day (or Weekend) Trip This Spring
44. Joshua Tree National Park is just about two hours from LA and offers a variety of landscapes, including plenty of those eerie-looking trees that gave the park its name.
45. Temecula is a kid-friendly wine region where the kids play while parents enjoy the fruits of the local vineyards.
46. Anza-Borrego Desert is California's largest state park, and the fascinating desert landscape will make kids forget all about the urban jungle for a while.
48. Go kayaking by the Channel Islands and you may see frolicking dolphins, sea lions, and even bald eagles.
49. Your kids will love the endless sun in Palm Springs—enjoy the dates, dinos, hiking, riding the aerial tramway, and just hanging by the pool.
50. Death Valley has recorded the highest temperatures in the western hemisphere, so going before the summer heat hits is perfect. Explore the salt flats, sand dunes, majestic mountains, and (of course) the ice cream shop.
Top photo by Chris Jimenez/CC-BY-2.0