Whoa! 40 Free Family Events in April (no, seriously!)

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018


Check out these family events in April… and these are just the FREE ones! If you want to stay updated and get weekly events delivered to your inbox, sign up here for our e-letter, The Buzzz!


Free Family Night at Kidspace
April 3: Celebrate science and learn how we explore and communicate science with art. Admission to Kidspace is free only during these hours. Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.


Beach Streets Grand Prix View in Long Beach
April 3: Beach Streets brings the Grand Prix view to the public. Riders, walkers, runners and everyone else can enjoy the course just like the drivers. Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free.  The route encompasses Long Beach Convention Center and runs down scenic Shoreline Drive and Seaside Way.


Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s
April 10: Co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield first scooped up free ice cream all day back in 1979 as a way to thank the community for supporting them in their first year. Now it’s an annual tradition at many of their scoop shops around the world. It’s your chance to try any of their flavors for free! Tuesday, noon – 8 p.m. Free. Visit their website for a store near you.


USC Robotics Open House
April 11: Celebrating National Robotics Week, USC Viterbi School of Engineering hosts a free open house for all ages. Learn more about USC’s robotics programs. Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Registration required for groups of 10 and more.


Roar in The Shore in Long Beach
April 11: Tied into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, racecars will be on display and racecar drivers will be available to sign autographs. Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. Free. Belmont Shore.


Imaginology STEAM Festival at OC Fair
April 13-15: Imaginology at the OC Fair & Event Center creates a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more. Through hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields that can be applied to future career possibilities. Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free admission. Parking: Friday, free; Saturday and Sunday, $8. Note: Friday is Field Trip day, but also open to the public.


Hawaiian Gardens Anniversary Parade and Carnival
April 13-15: Celebrate the City’s 54th Anniversary with a Saturday parade down Norwalk Boulevard from Fedde Middle School to the festival grounds at Furgeson Elementary School. The festival features rides, food, music and fun for the whole family. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, parade 11 a.m., festival 1:30 – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 10 p.m. Admission and entertainment free. Carnival rides require 3-4 tickets.


Movies in the Park in Newport Beach
April 13: Come enjoy a beachside showing of Surf’s Up! Free popcorn and candy, activities, and food for purchase. Free to attend.


Kids’ Swap Meet in Cypress
April 14: Kids can learn about the value of money by selling their toys and outgrown clothes, or browsing and buying other kids’ wares. Saturday, 8-11:30 a.m. Free to attend, $15 per rental space; pre-registration required. Free for shoppers. In the Cypress Community Center parking lot.


Walk Coyote Hills in Fullerton
April 14: Listen to birdsongs, and let a naturalist point out native birds you don’t see in your backyards, as spring brings forth the orange, red, purple and yellow colors of monkey flowers and other natives to California. Kids may see skittering lizards or rabbits, or a hawk wheeling overhead as you climb to a breathtaking viewpoint. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, sun hats and sunscreen. Saturday, 9-11 a.m. or Sunday, 6-8 p.m. Free. Meet at the Laguna Lake Equestrian Center.


Kite Festival at Santa Monica Pier
April 14: Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites down at the Santa Monica Pier. Kite makers from across the United States will also showcase their work and create a “gallery in the sky.” Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free; parking at the north parking lot 1, $12-15. Santa Monica Pier.


Spring Celebration in the Secret Garden at Huntington Beach Central Library
April 14: Celebrate the last day of the library’s spring reading program by coming to an outdoor celebration in the Secret Garden. There will be a butterfly tent, maypole dance, stories, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon. Butterfly release, 12:30 p.m.


Avocado Festival in Fallbrook
April 15: Everything you wanted to know about avocados and the many ways to eat them including avocado ice cream! The annual festival features a kids zone with entertainment, old-fashioned games and avocadoey-crafts, a famer’s market, demonstrations, guacamole contests, food, art booths and live music. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.


Gallery Games at the Hammer Museum
April 15: (Kids 7+)The Spring 2018 Gallery Games are coming to the Hammer Museum. 45 minute guided sessions combine tours and easy games that are fun for all! Sunday, 11 a.m. and noon. Free.


Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
April 19-22: The action-packed Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers live music, authentic western activities, trick ropers, gun spinners, magicians and more, as well as living history exhibits, musical acts, fine Western gear, and Dutch oven peach cobbler so good its earned a reputation of its own. Free. Thursday – Sunday, find tickets and schedule of events and activities on their website.  William S. Hart Park.


Ladybug Weekend at Armstrong Garden Centers
April 20: Get tips for ladybug releases and ladybug parties. They’ll give away 150 ladybugs promotional packet with purchase. Call your local center for participation and times.


Festival of Books in Los Angeles
April 21-22: An annual event held by the LA Times, featuring book signings, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and kids’ storytelling and cartoon characters at two kids’ areas, plus music, drama and dance performances on six outdoor stages. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required for most events, including book signings; a festival pass is also avialable, see the website for details. Parking, $12. USC Campus.


Earth Day at Cabrillo Aquarium
April 21: Join an exciting day of activity to celebrate caring for the Earth. The day begins with a cleanup of Cabrillo Beach. Take action to help the local environment on Earth Day. Learn about the impact of micro plastics and help clean Cabrillo Beach. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon. Admission, free.


High 5 Carnival in Dana Point
April 21: Come out for a morning of carnival fun for you and your family in support of Mental Health and Wellness. Enjoy games, inflatables, live singers, and visit information booths for Mental Health Support. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free entry. Dana Hills High School.


Children’s Arts Festival in Buena Park
April 21: Hands-on art activities, live music, and much more provide a delightful celebration of the rich cultural traditions that thrive in our own backyards! In honor of Earth Day, festival activities will focus on being kind to our planet, so craft projects will incorporate found and recycled objects easily found in the home. Saturday, noon- 5 p.m. Free. Buena Park Community Center.


Star Party at Griffith Observatory
April 21: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.


Beach Clean up and Earth Day in Santa Monica
April 21: Celebrate Earth Day by participating in a cleanup;  you will be rewarded with FREE admission to the Aquarium afterward. The beach cleanups are a way to get involved in the community and environment while celebrating Earth Month. Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon.


Free Entrance to National Parks
April 21: Explore millions of acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for free during National Park Week, sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. Saturday, park entrance are waived for the week. Find events and activities, from ranger-led hikes to kayak trips on their website.


California State Park Cleanup Event
April 21: Volunteers are needed at select California state parks for the 20th Annual California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup, a great opportunity for you and your kids to do something meaningful for the planet. Trail and road repair, campground improvements, fence and boardwalk building, tree planting, and wildlife habitat restoration are just some of the projects planned for Earth Day. Visit the website for a complete list of volunteer sites and times. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free.


Cambodian New Year Parade in Long Beach
April 21: Celebrate the new year with a parade featuring Cambodian culture, presented by Long Beach-Phnom Penh Cambodia Sister Cities. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.


Orange County National College Fair
April 22: High school students can talk directly with admissions officers from more than 200 colleges and universities at the National College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free.


Earth Day at the Bay in Newport Beach
April 22: Join the annual Earth Day at the Bay celebration. Activities include environmental exhibits, scavenger hunt for all ages, live music, live animal presentations, arts and crafts, and more. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


Cloverleaf Ranch Open House
April 22: Cloverleaf Ranch welcomes parents and children prior to camp for a tour of the facilities and to better acquaint you with the program. At the open house you will get a tour of the facility/meet the staff and enjoy other fun activities like horse rides, face painting, swimming, and more. Zip-line and pool will reopen for May 20, due to rebuilding from October 2017 fires. Purchase lunch or bring your own picnic. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.


Family Flicks Presents FernGully: The Last Rainforest at the Hammer Museum
April 22: Kids (6+) Be enchanted by the magic and wonder of Crysta, a fairy fighting to save her beloved home in the Amazon rainforest. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free; parking, $6. Billy Wilder Theater.


Children’s Earth Day at Star Eco Station
April 22: A wild day of earth education and celebration, featuring live performances, crafts, food, games, and visits with rescued exotic wildlife, plus celebrity appearances. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission; tours, $5.


Abilities Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific
April 22: Join the aquarium for an exclusive evening for people with disabilities. This will be a tranquil evening where guests can explore the exhibits and enjoy the nighttime lighting of the aquarium. All animal exhibits will be open with the exception of Lorikeet Forest. Sunday, 6-9 p.m. Free; Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required. Reserve your tickets here. For groups of 7 or more, call (562) 590-3100, Ext. 0 to reserve.


Earth Day at Bolsa Chica Wetlands
April 22: Visitors have the opportunity to touch live snakes, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test  the water, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent, food, and guided tours of the reserve. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free to attend. Bolsa Chica State Beach, North Lot.


9th Annual Community Resource Fair
April 28: Connect with local service agencies that provide families assistance with free health screenings; and career, legal, medical, financial and housing consultations. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Irvine Valley College.


Seal Beach Classic Car Show
April 28: See dozens of classic cars shimmering along Main Street at this annual event. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.


Railfest 2018 in Fillmore
April 28-29: Two days of steam train rides, railroad displays, craft vendors, model train display, turntable display, caboose ride/citrus packing house adventure, bluegrass band, gypsy wagon medicine man show, food, antique tractor and car exhibits, the frontier gunfighter show and more. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival admission, free; train rides, adults $26; kids (4-12), $16; kids (2-3), $11.


Big Science Fest at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey
April 28: The entire community is invited to come and celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with some awesome activities, presentations, rocket launches, food trucks and live music. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.


Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration
April 28: At the 24th annual Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by Children’s Day USA, children and their families can enjoy multicultural entertainment, bands, a children’s parade, games, relays, crafts and community booths. Lots of free books for kids. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.  Long Beach.


Teen Night at MOCA in LA
April 28: Teen Night is one of MOCA’s biggest celebrations of the year, drawing teens from all over Southern California. Created by teens for teens, include free admission to Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, art making activities, live performances, refreshments, and a student art exhibition. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Free; a signed waiver is required. MOCA Grand Ave.


Victorian Fair at the Homestead Musuem
April 28-29: Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages are invited to travel back in time to participate in a Victorian Fair. Enjoy music, dance, fashion shows, historic house tours, demonstrations, and more. Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free admission; fees for food and shopping.


Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego
April 28-29: Celebrating its 34th year, the largest fine arts festival in Southern California covers 17 blocks of San Diego’s Little Italy district, showcasing more than 350 artists, plus live music and performance art, street food, and KidsWalk with interactive art activities. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Little Italy.

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