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April 2012 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

April 1, 15, 22 and 29

Andell Family Sundays

Recycle, Transform, Make Art

Learn to transform used materials into playful, environmentally friendly works of art.

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 6-8

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 7-8

Spring Spectacular

Celebrate animals and learning at this annual event. Different animals are featured every hour in the Eye to Eye Theater, and children can also enjoy arts and crafts, live animals, puppet shows, and more.

10 am-5 pm

Moorpark Zoo

7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark

Adults: $10, Children/Seniors: $5

April 7

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 7

Community Easter Party

Egg hunts, prizes, inflatables, petting zoo, family games, egg coloring and crafts.

11 am

Conejo Creek Park North

1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

Free admission, free parking, free activities and free food.

April 7

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 7

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 7

Let’s Move! Egg Hunts and Scambles

Make and take activities, refreshments and prizes.  

10 am-2 pm

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

$3 suggested donation.  Regular Arboretum admission fees apply: Adults: $8, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $3 and Children under 5: Free

April 8

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 13-15

LA Shrine Circus

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

Varies

Shrine Auditorium

665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $20, Children: $13.75

April 14-15

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 14

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.

10:30 am-12 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro

Free

April 15

Mini Words Spoken

Students will examine what makes words perform and what we can do to harness our personal histories, identities, and voices. The workshop will culminate with a mini spoken-word slam. Led by Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the PoeT, a third-generation L.A. native who specializes in empowering youth to find and use their voice. Ages 10-14.

12 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

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

April 19-22

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 20-22 and 27-29

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 21

Kids Free Days

Free admission for all kids as part of Orange County’s Imagination Celebration

11 am-4 pm

Muzeo

241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim

Adults: $13

April 21-22

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 21-22

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

Hands-on activities, organic gardening, puppet shows, live music and more.

11 am-3 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 21-22

Cowboy Festival

Live music, western shows and food vendors. Visit the Pioneer Living exhibit and pan for gold, spin wool, and re-live the old days like children of the early West!! Stop by Biskit Saddle Arts and learn about leatherworking or let your children hear authors as they read form their award winning children's books during Buckaroo Story Time.

10 am-6 pm

Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio

24715 Oakcreek Ave., Newhall

Adults: $20, Children: $10

April 22

LA KidFest

Exhibits from local community businesses including gymnastic centers, summer camps, and karate studios. Activities include bounce houses, live DJ, arts and crafts, trucks, a rock wall and train rides.

11 am-4 pm

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

Free admission and all activities are free of charge

April 22

Children’s Earth Day

Eco games, exotic food, celebrity guests, environmentally conscious crafts, live entertainment and giveaways.

10 am-4 pm

STAR Eco Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

Free

April 27-28

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. Learn how to track mountain lions and bobcats. 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-4 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

This event is free and the parking is free.

April 28

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 28

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Open House

Learn more about the services that this organization offers to children with special needs. Entertainment for children includes stick horse crafts, jolly jump, pony petting, face and hair painting and a horseshoe hunt.

10 am – 2 pm

401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park

Free

April 28

World City

Ragmala Dance

View the blending of two rich and ancient Indian visual art traditions - Warli mud paintings and Kolam rice flour drawings -- with Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of Southern India. The choreography invokes a deep connection to the renewable life-cycle of Earth.

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 28

Arbor/Earth Day

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 28

International Children’s Day

This festival features performances covering cultures from around the globe and include a West African drum and dance and Hawaiian hula.

9 am-5 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Adults: $24 Children: $12