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April 2017 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

April 1st-2nd

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

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 2nd

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

Free

April 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th

Andell Family Sundays

Learn about Japanese folklore and graphic design and discover your own artistic talent, make your own posters and learn unique techniques 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 7th

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Inflatables plus an egg hunt!

Gates open at 7 pm. The egg hunt is at 8 pm.

Conejo Creek  South Playfields

1300 E Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

$5

April 8th

Cottontail Day

Easter Bunny photos, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts and egg hunts.

10 am-3 pm

Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura

Free admission. Egg hunts are for child ages 7 and under: $2/child.

April 8th

Springtime at the Adobe

Feed the ranch animals, crafts, live music, egg hunts and more.

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

$6

April 8th

Family Free Day: Celebrate History

Live music, make and take art activities including handmade comic books and paper puppets, origami and much more. Includes admission to the museum!

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles


Free

April 8th-9th

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 8th

Arbor/Earth Day Celebration

Stunt dog show,  environmental exhibitors, children's activities, entertainment, Moorpark Teaching Zoo animal presentations, bike rodeo, free workshops and seedlings for everyone to take home.

10 am-3 pm

Conejo Playfield South

1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

Free

April 9th

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 14th

Easter Hoppening

Bring your own basket and search for eggs. Easter Bunny, bounce house (for $1), food and arts and crafts.

3-6 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Free

April 15th

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 15th

Egg-ceptional Celebration

Egg hunts will take place continuously and Easter baskets will be provided.

Egg scramble, make and take activities, refreshments and prizes.

9 am-12 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

310 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia


Each child is $5 plus paid admission

Adults: $9, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4, Children 5 and younger: Free

April 16th

Easter Fest

Easter Egg Hunts (several based on age groups and with 15,000 eggs ready to be found), bounce houses, face-painting, arts and crafts, games, food and drinks, popcorn and live music.

2-5 pm

Grand Park

919 S. Grand Ave.,

Los Angeles

$20/family

April 22nd-23rd

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

USC

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

Free

April 22nd

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 22nd-23rd

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 22nd-23rd

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

Kids in the Courtyard

Celebrate art together as a family by viewing fantastic dance movements photographed in the exhibition Pantsula 4 LYF, as well as a series of animated and non-animated family films in Lenart Auditorium presented by the Dance Camera West Film Festival. Then, learn how to create a flipbook, or a non-digital “GIF” that brings a scene or character to life by connecting one movement to the next through drawings.


1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

April 29th

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 29th-30th

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 29th

Arbor Day

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

9 am-12 pm

Headlands Corner 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Calabasas

Free

April 30th

Scandanavian Spring Picnic

Food, entertainment and family activities. Rock wall, 274 ft. waterslide, paddle boats, alpine tube slide and log rolling contests.

10 am-4 pm

Vasa Park

2854 Triunfo Cyn., Agoura Hills

No admission fee or cost for activities. Parking is $5.

April 30th

Skirball Puppet Festival

Enjoy new and classic tales told with a delightful array of puppets, live music, and art making. Puppets include all types from shadow puppets to giant pageant puppets.

10 am-4 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

Adults: $12

Seniors, Full-Time Students: $9

Children 2–12: $7

April 30th

Pop-Up-Studio: Family Portraits

Get inspired by the exhibition Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962. Then try to think: If you could add a member to your family, who or what would it be? Work alongside artist Suné Woods to make portraits of new family members using collage and a variety of textured materials.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

Free. Parking is $6.