5 Kid-friendly Spring Activities in the Yosemite Area

Apr 16, 2024Things to Do, Yosemite National Park

Spring in the Yosemite area is a magical time for families, offering a range of kid-friendly activities that combine adventure and learning with weather that is nearly perfect. If you’re thinking of planning a trip, here are five top Yosemite kid-friendly activities to make your spring vacation to Yosemite unforgettable:

Nature Walks Among Giant Sequoias

Kids love exploring the Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove. While you might think tiny tots would get bored looking at trees, the massive trunks and tall canopies are breathtaking for all ages. The trails among the trees are also perfect for all ages, allowing children to marvel at the colossal trees and learn about their unique ecosystem while seeing wildlife scamper about.

Junior Ranger Programs

Engage your kids in Yosemite’s Junior Ranger program by grabbing a handbook at the Visitor Center and completing fun educational tasks that earns them badges and fosters a love for the outdoors. Also, be sure to check out Yosemite National Park’s calendar for events that are geared toward young explorers.  

Waterfall Exploration

What is a trip to Yosemite National Park if you don’t witness the famous waterfalls? One of the easiest ways to do so with kids is via Lower Yosemite Fall, which is part of North America’s tallest waterfall. This is an easily accessible hike that offers a close-up view of cascading water, creating a memorable experience for the whole family. The walkway is paved so it is suitable for young walkers and strollers making it a very Yosemite kid-friendly activity.

Wildflower Watching

In the late spring, the Yosemite Valley experiences what is known as the Superbloom. This is where wildflowers take over the hillsides after the snow melts, creating a cascade of beautiful, colorful flowers. Take strolls along meadow trails to admire Yosemite’s vibrant wildflowers and encourage your kids to identify different species and appreciate the beauty of lupines, poppies, and other native blooms. Check out our blog Where to See the Yosemite Superbloom for a list of trails. 

Stargazing and Campfire S’mores

End your day stargazing under Yosemite’s clear spring skies while roasting marshmallows along the Wild and Scenic Merced River. Yosemite View Lodge offers delicious s’mores packages with a private fire pit to create fun memories with your kids in nature. 

kid friendly yosemite

These Yosemite kid-friendly activities blend outdoor exploration, education, and fun, creating lasting memories and fostering a deeper connection with the area’s natural wonders. Plan your spring adventure and let your kids discover the magic of this iconic national park.