Looking for fun activities to spring into with your family? We’ve got you covered!
Kid-friendly local museums:
● Step into Ancient Egyptian Corridors
Head to the California Science Center in Exposition Park, a favorite for kids of all ages, (admission to the permanent galleries always free!) It’s worth buying advance tickets for their special exhibits, such as the much-anticipated Egyptian treasures of KING TUT (opening March 24) and the decommissioned Space Shuttle ENDEAVOR.
● Explore expansive wildlife under the sea
Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific is a sea-life adventure for the whole family. Greet the latest sea lion Cain, watch the splashy antics of Pacific sea otters, or touch a stingray in the hands-on learning pools.
● Encounter Dinosaurs (but really!)
LA’s Natural History Museum captivates with cutting-edge pieces of history, while intertwining an accurate pulse of modern life; from their ever-changing “Urban Nature” displays to the special exhibit TATTOO, which examines ancient and modern skin art around the world (thru April 15). Long known for its dinosaurs, the NHM updates their prehistory galleries with innovative technology, and presents lively “Dinosaur Encounters”, which offers a realistic look at when T. Rex and pals roamed the Earth!
● Journey into the Grown-up World of Children’s Cars!
You don’t have to be a gearhead to enjoy the Petersen Automotive Museum. The latest exhibit is tailor-made for those who won’t legally drive for at least a decade—SIDEWALK SPEEDSTERS: The Grown-up World of Children’s Cars, displaying 100-plus years of admirable juvenile-size replicas. That’s right – kid-sized electric or gas powered vehicles!
Easter Egg Hunts Around Town:
● The Rose Bowl Stadium “Egg Bowl” sends squealing kids of all ages searching for eggs on the stadium’s vast playing field. The egg hunt is free and BYOB (basket); if you splurge on tickets for the VIP Bunny Brunch that morning, it includes a separate VIP Egg Hunt before the public events. Saturday, March 31; 11:30, 12:45, 2:00.
● The Leonis Adobe, a living history museum in Calabasas, holds its annual “Springtime at the Adobe” the weekend before Easter weekend. This year’s event will feature a scavenger egg hunt, spring-themed crafts for kids, feeding of ranch animals, and live interactive children’s music performers. Saturday, March 24; 1:00-4:00. Admission $8 for non-members; under 2 free.
● Visit Pasadena’s adventure-filled Kidspace Children’s Museum during spring break to enjoy their hands-on displays and activities plus the rambunctious Egg Hunts held multiple times both Saturdays before Easter. Candy-filled eggs are hidden throughout the arroyo (hunts are BYOB [basket] and require pre-registration online), and children can also create spring art, dance the bunny hop, and pet real bunnies. REAL BUNNIES! Saturday March 24 and 31; $6 per child, not including admission.
● For a bucolic escape from urban life, head to the Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, where the Easter Springtime Festival is held over three consecutive weekends. The Easter Bunny will preside over a traditional egg hunt; other farm fun includes pony rides, gunny sack races, tractor-drawn wagon rides, face painting, animal shows and races! March 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1, 7, 8; 9:00-6:00. Admission $6-$10 (egg hunt $4 extra)