OC Moms Guide – April 2022

OC Moms Guide - April 2022

April is blooming with a bounty of fun family-friendly activities, including celebrations for Easter, STEM month, Ramadan, and Earth Day. Here are our top picks for the most interesting Orange County events April 2022 has to offer!


City Of STEM Science Festival at the Columbia Memorial Space Center – Downey

April 2

From their website: “Meet science celebrities, explore wilderness and wildlife conservation, imagine an engineering design challenge, and so much more! Throughout April, over 100 partners across Southern California will offer hands-on learning opportunities, special workshops, visit programs, and free giveaways.”

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


Sensory Friendly Bunny Event at MainPlace Mall – Santa Ana

April 3

From their website: “…before the mall opens…we will be hosting a special Sensory Bunny event to give children with special needs and their families the opportunity to enjoy a visit and private photo session with the Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny will be in his spring garden located on the Lower Level in Macy’s Court.”  

Event is free; photos available for purchase. Complimentary tickets must be reserved in advance as every family is given a specific time slot, and can be made through the website link above. 


Bowers Museum Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – Santa Ana

April 3

From their website, “Welcome spring following the tradition of a Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival! The entire family will enjoy Taiko drums by Kishin Daiko, Japanese Jazz by Yu Ooka, traditional dance, and Shan, our favorite candy sculptor. Don’t miss tasting samples generously provided by Asahi Beer. This event is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Ana.”

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


Aliso Viejo Community Association Spring Celebration! – Aliso Viejo

April 9

No list of Orange County April 2022 events would be complete without an entry for Easter. This community Easter-themed event includes visits with Peter Rabbit, face painting, balloon twisters, community booths, DJ entertainment, children’s arts & crafts, and bubble fun by Rainbow Bubble Co! There’s also an Egg Hunt for AVCA residents only that requires advance registration. All other activities are open to the public.

Free. Grand Park. Pavilion Event Plaza is located off Edinger across the street from Old Navy by the large fountain. 


Bear Awareness Day – Orange

April 9

From their website: “Come learn more about bears! Activities include crafts for kids, special keeper chats about bears, and a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.”

Free. Parking is $5 per car.


Imaginology at the OC Fair & Event Center – Santa Ana

April 9-10

From their website: “At Imaginology, kids and their families will not only see a world of wonder, but can participate in a wide range of fun and educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.” 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


Earth Day At The Bay – Newport Beach

April 23

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.”

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


For more Earth Day events throughout Orange County, check out this comprehensive list! http://www.orangecounty.net/html/earthday.html#anaheim


Ramadan at Pretend City – Irvine

April 23

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. $14.95 adults and children over 12 months. 


Though April means Spring Break for many OC families, we hope you also find time to check out some of these family-friendly Orange County April 2022 events!

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