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April 2014 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

April 5

Arbor Day Earth Festival

Celebrate Earth Day with many fun activities including a composting workshop, mobile learning labs, animal shows, live entertainment and a bike rodeo. New this year is a performance with musical instruments made from recycled materials (the audience is included in all parts!).

11 am-4 pm

Conejo Creek Park North

1379 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free

April 5-6

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

Spring into Easter Bash

Celebrate the season with candy, discounts, crafts, face painting and storytelling.

10 am-1 pm

Jaxx Boutique

10800 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Free

April 6

Children’s Earth Day

Eco games, exotic food, celebrity guests, environmentally conscious crafts, animal show and giveaways.

10 am-4 pm

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

Free

April 6, 13 and 27

Andell Family Sundays

About Face! A portrait can be of anyone—a celebrity, a king, your favorite pet, families, friends, or even you. Look for portraits in the galleries—and then make your own portraits in artist-led workshops.

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

Thai New Year Songkran Festival

Day long celebration of Thai culture including kick boxing demos, cooking demos, stage performances and more.

9 am-6 pm

Hollywood Blvd. Between Western and Normandie Avenues

Free

April 11

Calabasas Spring Eggstreme

Enjoy the holiday with flashlight egg hunts, a DJ dance party, contests, games, a petting zoo, crafts and a kids glow party.

6-9 pm

De Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas

Free; cost for crafts and bunny pictures

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

Family Festival

Celebrate the exhibit A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. Enjoy the majestic bagpipe sounds of the Queen's beloved Scotland, boisterous English music hall tunes and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Make you own royal crown at a hands-on workshop.

10 am-5:30pm

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles


Free admission. Parking is $15.

April 12-13

Chumash Day Powwow

Native American dancing, native foods, Native American arts and crafts, music, storytelling, children’s 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

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 13

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 and build sand castles.

11 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. There will also be an adult egg hunt and prizes include gift cards, movie certificates, hair/nail salon certificates and more.

3-6 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: $18, Seniors: $15, Children: $13, Children under 2: Free

April 19-20

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 19

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 19-20

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 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, egg expeditions, 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 19-20

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 19

World City

Enjoy a performance by Mongolian singers and dancers who want to raise awareness of their homeland’s environment and 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.

April 19

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day make and take activities, a nature inspired story performed by the California Shakespeare Ensemble, live music and more.

10 am-4 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 24-27

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 25

Truck Adventures

Climb on, over and around dozens and dozens of trucks and other vehicles. This includes fire trucks, tractors, big rigs, construction vehicles and more.

9 am-3 pm

Santa Anita Park

285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia

$15 (benefits Make a Wish Foundation)

April 26

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 26

Earth Day Celebration

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

11 am-4 pm

Polliwog Park

Redondo Ave. and Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Free

April 26

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

Close Encounters: Renegade Tours

This program is inspired by Andrea Fraser’s Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk on view in Take It or Leave It. Kids are encouraged to think about what it’s like to be a tour leader at a museum. They will share their own ideas about a work of art through writing, close-looking, and role-playing activities led by artist and educator Amanda Yates Garcia.

11 am

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; Parking is $3 for 3 hours.