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April 2010 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

Feb. 20-June 26, Saturdays only

Pinocchio

Music, dance, costumes and special effects come together to create the performance of this classic children’s story.

11 am

Glendale Center Theatre

324 North Orange St., Glendale

Adults: $13, Children $11.50

April 3

Egg-cellent Bicycle Tour and Treasure Hunt

Take a bicycle tour through this neighborhood. Treats, treasure map, bike and helmet decorating contest, crafts and safety tips.

3-7 pm

2500 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

Free

April 3

Beatrix Potter in the Garden

Egg hunt, spring crafts, entertainment, gardening, storytime, refreshments and prizes.

10 am-2 pm

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

$10 plus the cost of admission

Adults: $8, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $3 and Children under 5: Free

April 3

Easter Festival

Treasure hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, free gifts and an Easter puppet show.

10 am-2:30 pm

Orange County Fair and Exposition Center

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $2, Children: Free

April 3

Los Encinos Living History Day and Easter Egg Hunt

Traditional children’s games, music, a blacksmith, an egg hunt, docents in 1870s attire and tours of the historic buildings.


1-3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park, 16756 Moorpark St., Encino

Free

April 3

Easter Hoppening

Bring your own basket and search for eggs. Easter Bunny, bounce house (for $1) and arts and crafts.

11:30 am-1 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Free

April 3

Breakfast with the Bunny

Egg hunt, puppet show, pictures with the bunny, music and a pancake breakfast. Reservations are required: (310) 618-2930


9 am-12 pm

Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr.,  Torrance

$15

April 3

Egg-Stravaganza

Egg hunt, petting zoo, bunny hop games, prizes, candy, crafts

10 am-12 pm

Grape Arbor Park Canwood St. And Parkville, Calabasas

Free; Pictures with Bunny: $5

April 3

Egg-Stravaganza

Easter Bunny, egg hunts by age group, prize raffle and coupons given out for complimentary kids meals at the restaurants.

10 am: Registration; 11 am: Hunt

The Lakes

2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,

Thousand Oaks

Free

April 3-4

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt

Dine, pose with the Bunny for a picture and participate in egg hunts.

9 am-2 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Brunch: Adults $50; Children (ages 4-12) $20, Children under 3: Free; Egg hunts: $5/basket

April 3-4

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling Gardening, crafts, face painting, puppet shows, music and petting real bunnies.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Free with Zoo admission

Adults: $13, Seniors: $10, Children: $8, Children under 2: Free

April 3, 10 and 17

Presents for the Prince and The Frog Prince

Two one-act plays from the Pocket Full of Plays theatre company.

11 am

Pocket Full of Tales

11031 Camarillo St.,

North Hollywood

Adults: $9, Children: $6

April 4

Easter Bunny Train

Lunch and a train ride! Hop aboard the train, get a visit from the Eastern Bunny, enjoy lunch and scenic tour.

12-3 pm

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore

Adults: $47, Children: (ages 4-12) $26, Children (ages 2-3): $22, Ride only: Adults: $24; Children (ages 4-12): $14, Children (ages 2-3) $10; Infants on lap free

April 4

Kidspace Egg Hunt

Egg hunt, egg decorating, and bunny craft. Advance registration is required.

10 am-2 pm

Kidspace Children's Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

$4 plus paid admission. (Adults and Children: $10)

April 10-11

Cherry Blossom Festival

Taiko drums, live music, live dance performances, cultural crafts, bounce houses, dog contest and Hawaiian cultural exhibits.

Sat.: 10:30 am-6:30 pm, Sun: 10:30 am-5 pm

Little Tokyo, 1st St. at Central by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

Free

April 10

Month of the Young Child Celebration

Games, arts and crafts, food, face painting and music.

12-4 pm

La Tijera Center for Children

7400 Osage Ave., Westchester

Ages 13 and older: $7, Ages 6-12: $5, Ages 2-5: $3

April 10

Spring Fair

Games, crafts, bounce houses, petting zoo and live music.

10 am-3 pm

Community Magnet Charter School

11301 Bellagio Rd., Bel Air

Free admission, each activity has a fee

April 10-11

LA Shrine Circus

Come see a fun show with Animals, jugglers, acrobats, clowns and and puppets.

Sat.: 10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm

Sun.: 11 am and 3 pm

Shrine Auditorium

665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $20, Children: $10

April 10

Tidepool Walk

Take a tour of the Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge during low tide. Study sea life ranging from simple sea anemones to mussels, crabs, and starfish.

12:30-2 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro

Free

April 11, 18 and 25

Andell Family Sundays:

Family Stories Sometimes art reveals story! Look at art in LACMA's collection that tell unique family stories and tell your own family story in art workshops with Ismael DeAnda, Patricia Yossen, and Quan Yen Trang.

12:30-3:30 pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with admission.

Children can obtain free membership

with an application found here and each child can bring one adult for free as well.

April 11

Travel Town

Create a travel guide to your favorite Los Angeles destinations. The workshop is designed for kids ages 8-13.

12 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; Reservations are encouraged. Parking is $3 for 3 hours.

April 11

LA Heritage Day

Historical societies and museums are represented at this fair. Tours of historic structures, activities for kids and families, live entertainment and Pink's hot dogs are available for sale.

11 am-4 pm

Heritage Square Museum

3800 Homer St., Los Angeles

Free with downloadable flyer

April 16

Spring Fling Springtime

Live music, crafts, games, egg hunt.


1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Adults: $4, Children 11 and younger: $1

April 16-25, each Fri., Sat. And Sun.

Day Out with Thomas

Thomas themed train ride (25 min.) as well as special activities. Arts and crafts, storytelling, live music,  bounce houses, model railway layout and carnival games.

9 am-3:30 pm, train rides every 50 min.)

Fillmore and Western Railway Co.

351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore

Adults and Children (ages 2 and older): $14-$18. Tickets must be purchased in advance as the rides do sell out.

April 16-17

Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival

Experience two days of family science fun. Hands-on activities. Watch bats fly at night and discover which bugs come out after dark. Stop by the story telling corner and hear tales from long ago. Learn how to track mountain lions and bobcats. And identify wildflowers.  Bring a picnic lunch and stay for the afternoon. Sponsored by the National Park Service and the LA Natural History Museum.

Fri.: 7-10 pm, Sat. 11 am-5 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

This event is free and the parking is free.

April 16

Spring Eggstravaganza

Egg hunts, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, crafts and live entertainment

12-3 pm

Conejo Creek Park

Hwy 23 and Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

$5/child and this includes all activities

April 16

Cottontail Day

Easter Bunny photos, bounce houses and egg hunts.

11 am-2 pm

Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura

Free

April 17-18

Topanga Earth Day Celebration

Two days of music, guest speakers, youth programs, an environmental demonstration area,  green technology, dancers and planting

for all ages and all cultures.



10 am-Sunset

Topanga Community House Fair Grounds

1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.,

Topanga

$10 suggested donation

April 17

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate spring with a Butterfly Appreciation Corner, eco-friendly barbecue, compost tea making, organic gardening, puppet shows, live music and a performance of Faery Trail Theater's A Faery Hunt.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Free with paid admission. Barbecue lunch is an extra cost. Admission cost:

Adults:

$8, Seniors/Students: $6, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children (ages 4 and younger): Free

April 17-18

Chumash Day Powwow

Native American dancing, native foods, Native American arts and crafts, music, storytelling, childrens activities and educational displays.

Sat.: 11 am-7:30 pm and Sun: 10 am-5 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Free; Free parking in offsite lot with free shuttle

April 18

Earth Day Whale Fest

Celebrate the grey whale with tons of special activities including: Malibu tile art, an ocean puppet show, Native American culture area, Tahitian dance, a reptile show and more.

10 am-4 pm

Leo Carrillo State Park

35000 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free; Parking is $12

April 22

Disney Store Earth Day Celebration

Get a free Friends for Change hat by bringing in six plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Kids will also receive activity sheets based on the Oceans film.

10 am-6 pm

All Disney Stores in Los Angeles

Free

April 23-25

Santa Clarita Valley Kids Consignment Sale

Come check out over 35,000 amazing new and gently used kids’ items including clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, baby equipment, maternity, costumes, bikes, scooters, books, DVDs and puzzles.

Fri.-Sat.: 9 am-5 pm, Sun.: 9 am-2 pm

24901 Avenue Stanford, Valencia

Free admission

April 24

Arbor/Earth Day

Environmental Fun For the whole family. Animal shows, children's hands-on activities, Mobile Marine Lab, entertainment, alternative fuel vehicles and tree and plant giveaway and more.

11 am-4 pm

Conejo Creek North Park, Hwy 23 and Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free

April 24

World City

The Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand brings to life the heritage of the Maori people through its vivid performance featuring tribal music, dance and hand-crafted, traditional costumes.


11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free. Tickets are distributed beginning at 10 am on Grand Ave. at 2nd Street. Lineups are not permitted until 9 am.

April 24

Whole Children/Whole Planet Expo

Explore an eco-village with hands-on learning. The STAR Eco-Station will have a walk-through rainforest and there will be live music.

9:30 am-6 pm

Highland Hall Waldorf School

17100 Superior St., Northridge

Adults: $10, Two-day pass: $12; Children (ages 12-18): $5, Two-day pass: $7, Children (under 12): Free

April 24

What Up for Kids Expo

Live music and hands-on activities. Kid-focused business will be at booths including camps, enrichment classes and schools.

10 am-3 pm

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance

Free parking and free admission

April 24

Earth Day Performance and Eco Fair

The goal of this fair is to educate people on ways to save our earth. This project is a huge collaboration of local Malibu youth dancers, actors and musicians with the focus being to conserve, reuse, recycle and regenerate.

Sat.: 4-9 pm; Sun.: 2-4 pm (no fair on Sun., only performance)

Malibu City Hall

23815 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu

Performance: $10, Eco Fair: Free

April 25

Jambo

This rock band will have your kids up and dancing around.

11 am

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

$8, Kids under 2 are free.

April 25

Farmwalk

Pierce College’s agricultural department invites your family to learn all about farming, Sheep shearing, exotic animal shows, cow milking, bingo, live music, crafts, nature walks and BBQ.

9:30 am-4 pm

Pierce College

Adults: $5 suggested donation, Children (under 12): Free

April 25

Earth Day Celebration

Special activities for families including: live performances, face painting, environmental booths, craft vendors, games and animals.

10 am-4 pm

STAR Eco Station

10101 W Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

Free

Parking will be at local city lots and tours of the facility are $5/person.

April 28-May 2

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, community organizations, games and food

April 28-29: 5-9 pm

April 30: 5-11 pm

Sat., May 1: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 2: 12-6 pm

Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Rd. and the 23 Freeway

Kids under 5: Free, Kids ages 5-12: $5, Adults: $7

Bring a canned food item on Wednesday, April 28 and get $2 off admission. Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30.