Bunnies and Matzoh and Pad Thai, oh my! This weekend is Easter and Passover as well as the Songkran Festival in ThaiTown. There are bunnies and book signings, egg hunts and Earth Days, printing presses and powwows and even more in store on this spring celebratory weekend.
Blessing of the Animals
This centuries-old tradition of blessing the animals, for the many benefits they provide mankind, is celebrated in the historic El Pueblo. Bring your favorite pet (all are welcome) or just come see all the animals. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo
Meet the Big Bunny himself, pet fuzzy bunnies, do be-a-bunny crafts, and new this year is a scavenger hunt through the zoo for exotic egg laying creatures (with prizes at each stop). Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Griffith Park. $14-$19. All ages. Event details.
Songkran (Thai New Year) Festival
5 blocks of Hollywood Blvd are completely closed so we can take to the streets to celebrate Thai culture at its best. There is plenty of fabulous food as well as a Muay Thai ring for Thai boxing demonstrations and several stages for music and dance performances. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ThaiTown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Little Explorers of Planet Earth
Celebrate Earth Day a little early at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, where kids discover the importance of taking care of our home planet (Earth, for most of us!). Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Downey. $12/adult & child pair. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Egg Hunt through Japanese Gardens
Kids can explore the garden at the West LA VA Japanese Garden and collect eggs (golden ones have special prizes) filled with treats. And for kids who aren’t that good at finding eggs, there will be an Easter bunny pinata to fill their baskets. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. West LA. $5/child. Ages 6-9. Event details.
Betty Bunny Reading and Rock with Sockhead Smith
Celebrate Easter with Michael Kaplan and a reading of his new book, Betty Bunny Loves Easter, followed by a mini-concert with Rick Roessler & Sockhead Smith. A puppeteer joins the fun and the morning ends with free stuffed bunnies for all. Sat., 10:30 a.m. West LA. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Bugs Toons and an Egg Hunt
It’s rabbit season! Celebrate spring with a thoroughly jolly, rabbit-filled family matinee of classic cartoon Warner Bros. shorts starring the one, the only… Bugs Bunny. There’s also a faux “egg” hunt in the movie theater before the show (with real candy prizes). Sun., 5 p.m. Santa Monica. $9-$11. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Krazy Krafts at the Printing Museum
Budding Guttenbergs and young Horace Greeleys can observe and join in printing, paper making, cartooning, origami folding, calligraphy, screen printing (bring a t-shirt) and paper marbling. Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Carson. $10. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Old Time Egg Hunt
In addition to the Egg Hunts for ages, there are traditional games, a blacksmith, and old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and performers in period costume. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Encino. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Native American Powwow
This intertribal gathering to celebrate Native American culture and honor traditions through music and dance begins with the Grand Entry at noon. A hand drum contest for powwow drum groups will delight the kids. Sat., noon.-6 p.m. Pomona. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
It’s time for the days of old, when knights (and their ladies) were bold. Those of fewer summers can create beautiful crafts, have great fun with games & rides, be entertained with fabulous stage shows, and be knighted by the King at the kid’s knighting ceremony. Peter Cottontail himself leads the Easter Parade on Sunday. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Irwindale. $15-$28. All ages. Event details.
Looking for more Easter activities? We’ve got more than any-bunny can possibly hop to!
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