We all know how powerful Mother Nature is. Well, this weekend she is taking over our list of events, with Earth Day celebrations taking place from the valleys to the sea. Whichever festival you choose from, your children will be sure to have a blast and learn how to take action for the environment. Another way to get your kiddos out and involved is a ticket to the Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theater (pictured) in Santa Monica, which thrives upon inspiring imaginations and self-expression through performance and play. Last, don’t think for a moment that we’ve forgotten that it is also Easter. See our guide to Los Angeles Egg Hunts for a hoppening event near you.
Gather the troops and head on down to the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area for a day of entertainment and education celebrating healthy living for families and our planet. The Kids Eco Camp will be bustling with action like the Bike Rodeo (bring your own bike), hula-hoop contest, and family boot camps. Crafty kids can make rainsticks, “up-cycle” their old t-shirts into shopping bags, or compete in the Student Poster and Essay Contests (see listing for details). The Ecology Theater will be showing environmentally-minded films for all ages throughout the day, and the Children’s Nature Institute will be rolling out their exciting “Wonder Mobile.” Tickets to the festival’s Jazz Concert in the Park are available for purchase online. Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, free.Event Details.
Earth Day at the Kidspace Museum
This splashy bash will focus on our water system. Take a magnified look at the local pond water, learn how to purify it, and make seascape art. Other activities will include leaf rubbing, green collage making, and composting demonstrations. Don’t miss “Snow in L.A.,” an interactive show that explains how water turns into the fluffy white stuff, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm in the Amphitheater. To save a buck and help the earth, bring an 8 oz. water bottle for a dollar off per person. Fri. 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Pasadena, free with museum admission ($10). Event Details.
Big Bunny’s Spring Thing at the L.A. Zoo
Move over elephants, gorillas, and lions – the spotlight this weekend is on everything bunny. Make rabbit-inspired crafts, take home carrot seeds for planting, and visit the Bunny Discovery Zone. Giggles abound at the Funny Bunny Face Painting station and the puppet show. Fri., Sat., and Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, $14 adults, $9 children. Event Details.
Kids Krazy Kraft Days
Turn back the pages of history and visit the International Printing Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of antique printing machinery in the world. They are passionate about bringing the presses to life, so stop by for a day of hands-on creating such as gooey and pulpy paper-making. Learn the art of cartooning from a real quick-sketch artist, take a tour, and have your name cast in metal and then letterpress-printed for a keepsake. Sat. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Carson, $8 adults, $7 children. Event Details.
Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theater
The Santa Monica Playhouse only presents these special shows on holiday weekends, such as Easter. The colorful cast enacts a fairytale, myth, or legend, and magically weaves in sing-a-longs, crafts, face-painting, and theater games to encourage children to explore their imaginations through performance and self-expression. Your kids will become pint-sized players in no time and parents are welcome to join in on the merry-making. Ticket price includes refreshments and a special parting-gift. Sat. 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, Sun. 1:30 pm, Santa Monica, $15 children, adults are free. Event Details.
Topanga Earth Day
This festival is one of the leading events in the United States for recycling, composting, and sorting. This means you won’t see any plastic – all cups, plates, cutlery, trash bags, and napkins are 100% compostable and biodegradable, and all banners are made from recycled soda bottle caps. This spirit of care and innovation carries through to their scheduled events, like free workshops on everything from Native Planting and Organic Gardening to Primitive Skills and Living By Example. Shop the organic farmer’s market and fill up empty tummies on vegetarian fare. Moms and Dads can even sip at the organic wine tastings. Among other activities, the Children’s Area features the vibrant Earth Prayer Flag Painting workshop. Sat. and Sun. 10:00 am to sunset, Topanga Canyon, $12 suggested donation. Event Details.
Underwood Family Farms
It’s a perfect time for a spring frolic at this bucolic farmstead. There will be an egg hunt, colorful egg dying, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and visits with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera). In addition to the Easter events are the everyday features of the farm: see Penelope the pig, visit the highland cattle, or take a pony ride. Underwood provides free wagons to tote your little ones through the fields of pick-your-own produce. The rows of ruby-red strawberries are a particular sweet-treat right now. Sat. and Sun. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, $5, children under 2 are free. Event Details.
Malibu Earth Day Celebration
The salty tang of the ocean air is an invigorating way to get yourself into the Earth Day spirit. This oceanside event begins with story time at noon, and then is followed by a puppet show and scavenger hunt. Your own little nature-crusaders will be inspired at the Eco Hero Kids awards and will get to take home their own seeds for planting. Fri. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Malibu Legacy Park, free. Event Details.