10 Affordable – Mostly Free – Family Activities Around Orange County this Spring Break

Children learning at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Native American cultural demonstration at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

If you are staying home this spring break, you might be searching for things to do with your kids and teens that would be fun and even encourage some learning! Here are 10 fun and enriching activities you can try this spring break.

  1. Fullerton ArboretumFREE Grab a picnic blanket, lunch, and some books, and come explore the various gardens and exhibits at the Fullerton Arboretum.
  2. Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Hills – FREE Wear shoes that can get a little dirty and choose any of the four miles of hiking trails Oak Canyon Nature Center has to offer.
  3. The Best Tidepools in Orange CountyFREE Find the tidepools nearest you on this Orange County mom’s blog. Depending on the time of the lowest tide, you might want to bring some layers and admire the sunset together.
  4. San Juan Capistrano Mission – $10 (adults), $7 (kids), free (under 3 years) Experience the story of early California missionaries at the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission. They even offer homeschool family days (3rd Wednesday of each month) for a discount package that includes gold panning and adobe brick making!
  5. The MUZEO, Anaheim – FREE Enjoy artwork that reveals a diversity of culture and heritage. Right now, “see and feel new worlds” in their temporary photography exhibit called Perspectives of Enlightenment.
  6. Anaheim Packing District  – After visiting the MUZEO, walk over to the Anaheim Packing District for dinner and entertainment. The dinner won’t be free, but it is fun to explore the different booths and food stands in this converted warehouse. Check out the Packing District Calendar to see when they are offering live music.
  7. March Field Air Museum, Riverside – $10 (adults), $5 (kids), Free (4 years and under) For those kids and teens interested in engineering, flying, or the military, you’ll want to head over to Riverside’s March Field Air Museum. You can even see the UCAF Thunderbirds perform at the air show April 7-8.
  8. La Mirada SymphonyFREE Are your kids and teens movie lovers? Come listen to the music of Hollywood at The La Mirada Symphony POPS concert on April 8!
  9. Shakespeare Aloud: Antony & CleopatraFREE Is anyone in your family into performing arts? Or do you want to just sit back and enjoy a story? Join some Shakespeare lovers at CSU Long Beach for an interactive read-aloud of Antony and Cleopatra.
  10. Long Beach Shakespeare Co: Old Time Radio style of Falstaff and Prince Hal$13.93 per person If you have never heard or seen Shakespeare, or if you can quote the Bard, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s portrayal of the beloved comic character of Falstaff will be enjoyed by all! Come hear an old-time radio version of Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite characters from Henry IV.

Interested in even more fun options in Orange County? Check out this blog of 101 Things To Do With Teens in Orange County.


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