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April 2015 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

April 4-5

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 4

Blessing of the Animals

This event goes back many centuries and it is a time to focus on the many benefits they provide mankind. There will be a procession on Olvera Street led by the Archbishop of Los Angeles. All pets welcome!

12-5 pm

El Pueblo Historical Monument

125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles

Free

April 4

Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt for eggs, play traditional games, meet a blacksmith, tour the historic adobe, enjoy old-time music and meet performers in period costume. Please bring your own baskets.

Egg Hunts by age/time:

1:30: 2 years and under

2:00: 3 and 4 years old

2:30: 5 and 6 years old

3:00: 7-10 years old

1-3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St.,

Encino

Free

April 4

Easter Festival

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

9:30 am-2:30 pm

Orange County Fair and Exposition Center

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $2, Children: Free

April 4

Egg-ceptional Celebration!

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

9 am-12 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 5

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 9th

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 11

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 11

World City

Enjoy a upbeat performance by a quartet of ethno-punk Ukranian musicians who play the drums, accordion and cello.

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 11-12

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 12, 19

Andell Family Sundays

View four paintings by Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese in Four Allegories by Veronese: A Rediscovery and a Reunion. Then, make your own Renaissance-inspired art 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 15-19

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 18

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 19

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 25-26

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

Create Earth Day make and take activities, meet a variety of native reptiles and amphibians, enjoy 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: $9, Seniors/Students: $6, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children (ages 4 and younger): Free

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 25

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 am-4 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

This event is free and the parking is free.

April 25

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

Close Encounters: Textures of You: The Art of Frottage

View the exhibition Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now. Then, explore the art technique known as frottage by creating your own life-size portrait using found objects such as coins, wood, or leaves. This family workshop is led by the artist Ruben Ochoa, whose work is on view in this exhibit.

11 am-1 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; Parking is $3 for 3 hours.

April 30th

Arbor Day

Tree planting and a compost workshop highlight a community event that helps kids appreciate Earth’s natural resources.

11 am-1 pm

Calabasas High School

22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas

Free