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

Our picks for April are in, and we've chosen a dozen plus of the most special activities from our Event Calendar, including literary outings, a pow-wow, and escapes into the mists of time. Easter and Earth Day are in the mix as well. Of course, we'll send our newsletters with even more ideas as the weeks unfold, and we'll keep adding to our calendar daily; but we want to give you enough time to snag tickets for some of these extra special events in advance—or leave your day open—so you don't miss out on any favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

Go crazy for bubbles at Bubbliest. Photo courtesy of Discovery Cube

Bubblefest - Santa Ana
Through April 21, 2019
Discovery Science Center's Mega Bubblefest Laser Show showcases the science of bubbles under the big top over spring break.

Los Angeles Spring Fair - South El Monte
Through April 21, 2019
The largest spring festival in Los Angeles County is going strong with 15 acres of amusement rides, games, arts & crafts, international food, and live music on Saturdays and Sundays.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
April 6 - May 19, 2019
Hear ye, hear ye! The Renaissance Faire is back for another season of jousting, juggling, and good old fashioned fun.

Photo courtesy of Day Out With Thomas

Day Out with Thomas - Perris
April 6-14, 2019
Thomas fans can enjoy a 25-minute ride on a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, with Sir Topham Hatt on hand to greet passengers. 

Children's Earth Day at the Eco Station - Culver City
April 7, 2019
The annual free festival includes kid-centric celebrities and entertainment celebrating the earth, with everything from Radio Disney to drum circles.

Whale of a Day - Palos Verdes
April 13, 2019
Palos Verdes' annual festival celebrating the migration of the Pacific gray whale is held on the main grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and at the adjacent lighthouse. 

Chumash Day Powwow. Photo courtesy of Malibu Chumash Powwow

Chumash Day - Malibu
April 13-14, 2019
Malibu's annual pow-wow and gathering of the tribes brings native traditions to the bluffs.

LA Times Festival of Books - Downtown
April 13-14, 2019
The Southland's ultimate celebration of books takes over USC for the weekend with non-stop music, storytelling, and books, books, books.

Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment  - Long Beach
April 18-21, 2019
It's four stories in one!  Disney favorites from Cars, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and Frozen skate through Long Beach before enchanting audiences in Ontario the following weekend.

Listen to a great children's story at the festival. Photo courtesy of LA Times Festival of Books

Heal the Bay Earth Day Celebration - Santa Monica
April 20, 2019
Heal the Bay gets hundreds of people onto the sand to clean the beach and sculpt it into unexpected wonders. Then everyone celebrates with a zero waste party.

Egg Bowl - Pasadena - FREE!
April 20, 2019
Eggs and bunnies in the end zone! The Pasadena Rose Bowl is filled with 60,000 eggs and the children who hunt them for a free grand scale spring festival and egg hunt on the field. Brunch with the Easter Bunny is an option, too, but that definitely requires booking ahead.

Blessing of the Animals - Downtown - FREE!
April 20, 2019
El Pueblo de Los Angeles has been welcoming critters from far and wide for an annual Easter blessing since 1930. Come see the variety of blessed pets in the LA area, and cuddle even more at a petting zoo.

Grunion Run Fish-tival - San Pedro
April 25, 2020
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!

California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
April 27-28, 2019
It's well worth the drive to Lancaster to see our state flower in its full annual splendor.

Skirball Puppet Festival - Bel Air
April 28, 2019
Marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets - you name 'em, the Skirball is overrun with them for this day-long event that promises performances, workshops, and a puppet parade.


Friday Night Flicks Drive-in at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market - 6:30 PM Pick
Newport Dunes Movies on the Beach
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 8:30 PM Pick
Fountain Valley Summerfest
Fountain Valley Sports Park - various times Pick
Marina del Rey WaterBus
various boarding locations, including Burton Chace Park - various times Pick
Huntington Summer Evening Strolls
Huntington Library and Gardens - 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides