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April 2013 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Andell Family Sundays

Make it Green! Show your love for the planet by drawing from nature, making instruments out of recycled materials, and touring landscapes.

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 6-7

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: $7

April 5-7

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 7

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 7

4GOOD Family Day Event

Participate in a volunteer day with many hands-on projects. Projects will support such organizations as Operation Gratitude, Children’s Hospital LA, Meals on Wheels, Binky Patrol, Animal Rescue Group ARME, and many others.

1:30-4:30 pm

BRIDGES Academy

3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Studio City



Free

April 12

Conejo Spring Fest

Egg hunts, bounce houses, crafts and live entertainment

12-3 pm

Conejo Playfield South

1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

$5/child and this includes all activities

April 12

Cottontail Day

Easter Bunny photos, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt and egg hunts.

10 am-3 pm

Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura

Free

April 12

Easter Festival

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

9:30 am-2 pm

Orange County Fair and Exposition Center

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $2, Children: Free

April 13

Family Festival

Celebrate the exhibit Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia. Enjoy performances from both a children’s dance group and an adult dance group as well as art-making activities.


10 am-6 pm

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles


Free admission. Parking is $15.

April 13-14

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival

Downtown streets will be packed with digital artists, street painters, chalk artists, animators, visual effects producers, sculptors, photographers and more.


10 am-5 pm

San Fernando Blvd. Between Magnolia Blvd. and Olive Ave.

Free

April 13

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 13-14

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 13

Sock Hop and Car Show

50s style dances and free dance lessons, caricature artist, live DJ and food trucks.

1-5 pm

Crafted

112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro


Free admission

April 14

Sunday Afternoons for Kids: Litlab Haikus

Students will explore language and writing with actor and writer Lili Falnders in a creative laboratory. Ages 10-14.

12 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

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

April 14

Kite Festival

Annual event produced by the Otis College of Art and Design. Meet world renowned kite makers, design and fly your own free kites, build sand castles, and have your face painted or caricature drawn.


10:30 am-4 pm

North of the Santa Monica Pier

Free, parking at the pier is $8

April 18

Easter Hoppening

Bring your own basket and search for eggs. Kids egg hunt and a hunt for adults! 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 18-20

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: $17, Seniors: $14, Children: $12, Children under 2: Free

April 18-21

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

March 30

Egg-Stravaganza

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

10 am-12 pm

Grape Arbor Park Canwood St. And Parkville, Calabasas

Free; Pictures with Bunny: $5

March 31

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)

March 30

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 19

Los Encinos Easter Egg Hunt

Egg hunts organized by age group along with an afternoon of traditional children’s games, music, a blacksmith, docents in 1870s attire and tours of the historic buildings.

1-3 pm

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

Free

April 19

Egg-ceptional Celebration!

Make and take activities, egg scramble, refreshments and prizes.  

9 am-1 pm

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

$3 suggested donation.  Regular Arboretum admission fees apply: Adults: $9, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4 and Children under 5: Free

April 19-21 and 26-28

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 20-21

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 20

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

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

10;30 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 21

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 21

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

Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival

Experience a fun day of family science fun. Hands-on activities. 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.

10:30 am-4 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

This event is free and the parking is free.

April 27

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 27

Earth Day Celebration

Live entertainment for kids, art in the garden class, composting class, games and information about green living.

11 am-4 pm

Polliwog Park

Redondo Ave. and Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Free

April 27

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 27

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: $26 Children: $15

April 28

World City

Vasen and Scandia Dancers

Learn more about this Swedish acoustic instrumental trio and a dance group that promises to be a colorful representation of Nordic culture.

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.