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April 2016 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description




April 2nd-3rd

Spring Spectacular

Celebrate animals and learning at this annual event. Different animals are featured in four daily shows 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 2nd

Family Day at PMCA

Have fun with art projects for the whole family based on the museum's current exhibitions.

3-5 pm

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 East Union St., Pasadena

Free with admission. Adults: $7

Students: $5

Children (12 and younger): Free

April 2nd

Martial Arts Demonstration

Watch kickboxing champion Baxter Humby demonstrate his martial arts skills, and learn some self-defense techniques.

11 am

West Valley Regional Library

19036 Vanowen St., Reseda


April 3rd

Chatsworth Nature Preserve Open House

Enjoy displays from environmental organizations and docent led hikes to and around the Ecology Pond. Look for resident birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals!.

10 am-3 pm

On Valley Circle Blvd. where Plummer Blvd. turns into Valley Circle

Free with free parking.

April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

Andell Family Sundays

Learn about Japanese poetic printmaking and discover your own printmaking talent, write poetry and make music through an artist-led workshop.

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 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 9th

Family Free Day: Protect Our Planet

Live music, make and take art activities including handmade birdfeeders, seed planting, origami and much more. Includes admission to the museum!

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles


April 9th-10th

LA Times Festival of Books

A children's stage with author readings, live music, a culinary stage with cooking demos, a poetry stage and more.

10 am-6 pm


Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles


April 9th-10th

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 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 10th

Kids in the Courtyard

Make Your Mark--Stenciling

Celebrate art together as a family by viewing the new exhibit featuring José Montoya’s drawings which showcase his devotion to community, friends, and heritage. Then, create your own symbol to stencil and “spray paint” with guest artist Oscar Magallanes.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

April 16th

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.

10 am-3 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Park

2525 N. Moorpark Rd.,

Thousand Oaks


April 16th-17th

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.


April 17th

Pierce Farm Walk and Open House

Outdoor games, live music, food, sheep shearing demos, animal education, petting zoo, hay rides, and the college will also have classrooms open for the public to see what Pierce has to offer! There will be public demonstrations in many subject areas including auto tech, fine arts, physics and veterinary science.  The Dance Department will open its curtains for day-long hip-hop, Zumba, free-style and swing.

9:30 am-4 pm

Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills


April 17th

Children’s Earth Day

Eco games, exotic food, celebrity guests, environmentally conscious crafts, student performances, animal shows and giveaways.

10 am-4 pm

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


April 23rd-24th

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.

Sat.: 10 am-7 pm

Sun.: 10 am-6 pm

William S. Hart Park

24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall

Adults: $10, Children: $7

April 23rd-24th

Descanso Earth Day Celebration

Activities include a guided nature walk, a display of California wildflowers, Earth Day make and take activities and more.

9 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 23rd

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 30th

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


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