OC Moms Guide – April 2023

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OC Moms Guide - April 2023

April is blooming with a bounty of fun family-friendly activities, including celebrations for Easter, STEM month, Ramadan, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Earth Day. Here are our top picks for the most interesting Orange County events April 2023 has to offer!

 

SoCal Corgi Beach Day – Huntington Beach

April 1

From their website: “The largest bash of its kind, the event celebrates all things corgis; the cute little dogs are known for their great personalities, adorable coats, and friendly smiles. Corgi owners and dog enthusiasts commune from all over to pawty at the beach and enjoy themed contests and activities, photo stations, dog-centric vendor village, corgi kissing booth, gourmet food truck pavilion, and much more!” You had us at corgi kissing booth.

Free. All dogs and humans welcome to attend. 

 

Ramadan at Pretend City – Irvine

April 1

Pretend City has a wonderful year-round diversity program that includes celebrations from every major world religion, cultures, and traditions. This April – along with several other fun theme days – they are celebrating Ramadan, the holy month where hundreds of millions of muslims around the world focus on their faith and perform generous acts.

Included with museum admission. $19.95 adults and children over 12 months. Seniors $17.95. Military and their families $16.95. Free to museum members. 

 

Easter Bunny Photos at MainPlace Mall – Santa Ana

Now through April 8

Hop on over to the MainPlace Mall anytime from now until April 8th to get a photo taken with your kiddos and the Easter Bunny, a timeless and classic Orange County events April 2023 has to offer families! PLUS, MainPlace Mall MyPerks members are also invited to attend a free breakfast with the Easter Bunny catered by Applebees on April 1st.

Meeting the Easter Bunny is free; photos available for purchase. Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged, and can be made through the website link above. MainPlace Mall MyPerks members receive $5 off photo package price. Membership is free to join!

 

City Of STEM Science Festival at the LA State Historic Park – LA

April 1

While not technically in Orange County, this STEM-themed event will be worth the drive! From their website: “LA’s largest celebration of science, creativity, invention, and fun will be free and open to the public with hands-on activities, amazing experiences, and an appearance by Bill Nye the Science Guy. Reflecting the diversity of the LA region and promoting access to all, the event will also include content in Spanish.” 

Free admission. Check website for more STEM events happening throughout the month of April. 

 

Hippity Hoppity Holidays: Mommy & Me Easter & Passover Party – Rancho Santa Margarita 

April 2

From their event page: “Join us for an egg-citing afternoon at Central Park in RSM on April 2nd at 3 pm for Hippity Hoppity Holidays: A Joyful Mommy and Me Easter and Passover Party! We’ll have crafts, an Easter egg hunt, cookie decorating, songs/dancing for kids and parents to enjoy together. And for an extra-special memory, opt for our mommy & me mini photos (at a separate cost). Hop on over for a hoppin’ good time!”

$15. All moms and littles under 5 years old are welcome. 

 

Robot Building Spring Break Camp – Mission Viejo

April 3-7

If you’re looking for a way to not just occupy your children’s minds during spring break but expose them to something they may not be learning at school as well, here’s a cool option that is hosted by the City of Mission Viejo. In this week-long half-day class, students will learn how to, Build both in-class and take-home robots. Gain knowledge of engineering principles while working with levers, gears and motors to design amazing motorized robots.” 

$245 for the full week. They’re also offering an artsy cooking class during the same dates/times for $230. 

 

 

Home Opening Day At Angels Stadium – Anaheim

April 7

No list of Orange County events April 2023 has to offer would be complete without mentioning home opening day of Angels baseball season! Are you even really an OC family if you have never taken your kids to America’s favorite pastime at one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country? This is an evening game against the Toronto Blue Jays but here’s pro tip – if you’ve got young ones, take them to a day game on another date and they’ll still have a great time! For more insight into family fun at Angel Stadium, check out this post featuring everything you need to know about going to an Angels game!

Tickets start at $32 and the April 7th game ticket includes a free Angels wall calendar (while supplies last). 

 

Adventure Day At Caspers Wilderness Park – San Juan Capistrano

April 15

From their website: “Adventure Day returns to Caspers Wilderness Park this April! Join OC Parks for a day filled with exciting games, guided hikes and endless fun. Activities will include live music performances, Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, Native American storytelling, kids games, kids bike rodeo for ages 12 and under, and equestrian ride with the ranger.

Free admission and parking. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your own bike/horse!

 

Bowers Museum Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – Santa Ana

April 16

Welcome spring following the tradition of a Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival! The entire family will enjoy candy sculptures by Shan ‘The Candyman,’ Kofu Bonsai tree demonstration, face painting, mochi treats, tissue paper cherry blossoms and paper lantern crafts, a drum performance by Taiko Center of Los Angeles, dance performances, and more.

Free festival. General admission to Bowers Museum is also free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents only.

 

Imaginology at the OC Fair & Event Center – Santa Ana

April 15-16

From their website: “Children, teens, families and school groups dig into science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Imaginology provides unique experiences for attendees of all ages – from preschool to high school, and their parents and grandparents – to build, create, play, observe and interact through activities that help them see the possibilities of a future in STEAM fields. Imaginology features makeshops, demonstrations, competitions, hands-on activities and entertainment, as well as food and fun. Youth competitions give students the chance to be recognized for their unique talent and accomplishments.” Your kids will have so much fun at this event which sprawls across multiple indoor and outdoor venues at the fairgrounds, they won’t even realize they’re learning all about S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)!

Free admission. Parking is $12.

 

Earth Day At The Bay – Newport Beach

April 22

From their website: “This free, family-friendly event features environmental-themed exhibits from community partners and local artists. Booths will feature activities which include arts and crafts, science discovery and educational information. There will be live music throughout the day as well as a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Be sure to enter the opportunity drawing as well!”

Free admission and parking. Bring some cash for food trucks. 

 

For more Earth Day events throughout Orange County, check out this comprehensive list and click here for 5 easy ways to do Earth Day with kids at home

 

Though April means Spring Break and travel for many OC families, we hope you also find time to check out some of these family-friendly Orange County April 2023 events if you’ll be around and need some fun activities to fill that school-free time!

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