California Travel Tips

Cool Kids Events

Published on: April 12, 2019


Every April the FREE Davis Picnic Day on the UC campus becomes a world of fun for kids of all ages. Ranking as one of the coolest events in California, this festival of exploration opens campus classrooms and outdoor areas to several hundred activities and events, including a parade and concerts. Though you may miss it in 2019, there’s always next year! Here are just a few cool things to check out:

  • Anthropalooza! Become an anthropologist for a day.
  • Bake in the Benefits Fuel
  • Biotechnology Experiments: DNA Extraction and Cheese Making
  • Bug Doctor entomologist – bring bugs for identification.
  • DNA and Glowing Genes – make DNA bracelets
  • Doctor Death Dr. Bob Kimsey uses insects in Forensics.
  • Explore the Tree of Life Meet live animals, fungi, and plants.
  • Free Water Analysis for Metals
  • Fruit and Nut Research  – try a sample.
  • Fun with the Entomology Club Insect face art
  • Honey Tasting
  • Lil’ Swimmers and Fly-tying
  • Maggot Art Children
  • Mosquito control
  • Photo Opportunity With Veggies
  • Meet The Weed Doctor
  • Your Brain Does What?
  • Animal Science Beef Barn & Meat Lab
  • Bats Help Us
  • Bay Area Disc Dogs
  • Doxie Races
  • Cow Milking
  • Chemistry Show
  • Cooperage Demo A Master Cooper will run through the process of how a wine barrel is made!
  • Guess the Weight of the Pig
  • Liquid Nitrogen Sorbet
  • NATCAR Autonomous Car Exhibit
  • Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions
  • Rodents in Research
  • Picnic Day Tie Dye
  • Remote Sensing Photo Booth and Drone Display
  • Science Says: Carnival!
  • Shaking and Moving the Earth with Civil Engineers
  • Silly Putty Kids Craft
  • The Cool Science of Ice Cream
  • Weather Balloon Launch
  • Chicken Hatching
  • Cockroach Racing

Other Cool Kids Events

  • Costa Mesa’s free Imaginaology Apr.12-14, 2019 includes cow milking, reptile zoo, model trains and dozens of activities worth exploring at OC Fairgrounds.
  • Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park
  • LA Time Festival of Books Apr. 13-14 Free on USC Campus
  • El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival April 11-14
  • Hawaiian Gardens Anniversary Parade and Carnival Celebrating Super Heroes April 12-14
  • LA Zoo Spring Fling, April 13-21
  • Malibu Chumash Powwow April 13-14
  • Rancho Palos Verdes Whale of a Day Festival
  • Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival April 13-14
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