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10 Fun Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

The LA Zoo celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a Wild For the Planet party

This weekend, you have so many options for things to do in Los Angeles with your kids. Celebrate Earth Day, attend the Festival of Books, attend a festival celebrating our state flower, and much more.

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The LA Zoo celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a Wild For the Planet party

photo by Jamie Pham, courtesy of the LA Zoo

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
William S. Hart Park Event Area
24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321

All weekend long on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd, families can enjoy all things cowboy-related. Festivities include live musical performances, living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, merchandise, and more. You can even come dressed in your favorite Western-style clothing! Ticket information is available online.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

On Saturday, April 22nd (from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday, April 23rd (from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm), the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to USC. This free event brings together writers, readers, poets, artists, filmmakers, and musicians. Enjoy demonstrations, author signings, panel discussions, food trucks, performances, readings, and more. Check the website for a complete schedule.

Earth Day Festival
Glendora Civic Center and other locations, Glendora, CA

Families are invited to celebrate Earth Day with the city of Glendora. On Saturday, April 22nd a variety of family-friendly and earth-friendly events await! Learn about smart gardening, participate in a community bike ride, enjoy live entertainment, and more. Kids will especially enjoy the face painting, bounce house, scavenger hunt, and craft activities. Check the website for a schedule of activities.

Annual Earth Day Celebration
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Celebrate Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). Families will learn simple things they can do to help protect our environment. There will be hands-on learning demonstrations, informational booths, and this weekend, the Aquarium will “debut new climate change programming and exhibits.” In addition, families who recycle e-waste (cell phones, computers, small household appliances, televisions) will receive a coupon for $10 off one adult admission ticket. The Earth Day celebration is included in the price of general Aquarium admission.

2017 California Poppy Festival
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43063 N. 10th St. W., Lancaster, CA 93534

Celebrate spring and the blooming of our state flower at the 2017 California Poppy Festival on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd. Families will enjoy live performances, food, arts and crafts, animal attractions, a healthy living pavilion, and more. Tickets are available online ($10 for those 13-61 years of age, $5 for children 6-12, $5 for seniors 62 and older, and free for children 5 and younger).

2017 Earth Day: 25th Annual Celebration
Polliwog Park
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The City of Manhattan Beach is celebrating Earth Day at Polliwog Park on Saturday, April 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event include many activities including live musical performances, food, games, eco-friendly products, and more.

Here to Stay: MOCA Teen Night 2017
MOCA Grand Avenue
250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

MOCA is hosting a special event for high school students on Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This free event is inspired by the retrospective Kerry James Marshall: Mastry and includes art-making activities, refreshments, live performances, and a student art exhibition. A signed waiver is required and is available online.

Garifuna Festival
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Celebrate and learn about Garifuna culture at the Museum of Latin American Art’s free festival on Sunday, April 23rd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Families will “celebrate the arts, music and language of the Black-Carib Garifuna people of Central America.” Festivities include art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, face painting, and more. Families are also encouraged to wear typical Garifuna colors of black, white, and yellow.

Wild for the Planet
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

“Wild for the Planet” comes to the L.A. Zoo Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day) and will be there each day through Friday, May 19th (Endangered Species Day). Families will learn about conservation throughout the month, with special activities on the weekend including shows, presentations, and hands-on opportunities. Wild for the Planet festivities are included in general Zoo admission. ($20 for those 13-61 years of age, $15 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2).

American Cinematheque: Spidey Special Double Feature
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a special double feature on Sunday, April 23rd. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, both staring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, will begin showing at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online and are $12 for general admission.



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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at

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